Authentic Japanese Gardens by Yoko Kawaguchi

Note: Since it was a book of your choice, being the rebel that I am, I was looking for a Japanese garden comic book. As of 2/19 I have not found such a book, but I’m still looking. Since I have been “tamed”, I’m going to start reading this book.

Introduction: [13:00]

a natural landscape

offer peace and harmony

have clean and elegant form

create Japanese Garden in the corner of your property

start on the Bonzi plant (upper class)

Japaneses Gardens are 1400 years are

landscape in miniature need use of water

need group of rocks for Buddhist

Four types:

  1. hill & pond
  2. dry gardens
  3. tea gardens
  4. courtyard gardens

(page 26 at 6 %)

The Hill and Pond Garden

all about landscape “with an island”

responses to the natural response – Ballon flowers were grown

rocks were used to show “the shoreline”

Temple and palace garden

talk of the bridge to heaven P. 33

Paradise for Buddhist water and rocks make the stroll garden

Manmade hills

Japan learns about building small mounds

the rocks are complemented by the plant

Designing hill and pond garden

represent nature

Bridges are focal points Japanese gardens is a special place

Japanese gardens try to show swift streams and tranquil mountain pools

[10] spirituality and calm, a sacred space

for building construction in Japan, the floor is usually raised 45cm above the ground. (p.43)

tall shrubs give the illusion of depth (P.44)

house is built high off the ground to protect the woodwork (p.44)

gave plant types for garden on page 44-47

Dry rocks represent various zen concepts (p.47)

abstract shapes help exercise the mind (p.48) meditation

dry gardens can fit about anywhere (p.52)

fine racked pebbles look like a flowing steam (p.53)

dry garden do not need to be flat

pebbles can be positioned to show the flow of water (P.57)

moss or grass can be used for separation

plants can be in a dry garden (“clumps”)

moss does not like sunshine

moss likes water

it will not like saturated ground (p.60-61)

The tea garden was developed in the 1400, drink green tea with your guests, it was humble, formatted by a forest. seeking Tranquility

tea gardens is median (simple and natural material)

When designing a tea garden, you don’t want to rush your guest through the garden [20] p,.76

Gravel, paths and plants

a create areas can be divided by such

could use stepping stones

Planting is the key to Tea gardens

should help stimulate meditation (p.77)

use privacy with the use of evergreens (p.80)

Moss seems very important in a Japanese garden***

moss is grown for steppingstones to prevent slipping

plants for tea garden P.82

Courtyard Garden

cramped for space 3.3 square meter (p.83)

garden needs to be viewed from all sides

lanterns are used to focus eye on Japanese gardens (p.87)

plants need to be chosen for year-round view (P.88)

moss can represent an island (P.91)

Plant are good idea in a warm climate (sprinkle the plants with water)

plants for courtyard garden (P.96)

Japanese gardens do not confine shrubs or perennials to beds (p.98)**

so pruning is a big deal

Shaping plants

observe and respect the inherent shape of the plant (p.102)

[26] p.102

“train” tree to grow “into” the garden space, thus buy small (new) trees (P.102)

slow growing shrubs can grow into globes

use canes to help support/train the plant (P.105)

out a plant in front of a white background (p.109) for design

pruning can control the height of the plant (p.110)

use bamboo canes (p.112)

Open wounds are treated with anti-fungal preparation and wax, after new growth has occurred after three years, the growth is “clipped” (p.114)

A tree can take shape after 5 years, but will take 20 years to mature (p.114)

for a topiary in a Japanese garden is like creating a fence (p.116)

Pines are train to be cover ponds or lakes (p.117)

talk of topiary yews

Japanese gardeners think of 3, 7, or 5 (p.117)

shrubs are used to fill empty space without distracting the eye (p. 119) [30]

tall trees don’t interfere with view

the whole area seems to be covered by moss. Also, rocks are important

Shapes of rocks (p.124)

bury base of rocks in ground

choosing rock (p.126)

rocks need to look like it’s at normal state (p.128)

plant need to be in balance with rocks

arranging groups of rocks (p.129-30)

rocks need to be all the same type (all balance and harmony) (p.131)

Buddhist mountains: Kannon-the goddess of mercy (p.133)

Zen gardens include a flat-topped rock (p.135) like a boat

when making a Japanese garden the most important item is the rock which represent Buddha (p.136)

Water represents terrain, swift rivers (p.137)

stress the flower of paradise (p.139)

waterfalls are important (p.142) (talk about carp going to heaven)

water feature is an integral part of designing a garden (p.146)

[36] P.146

creating wood features for the overall landscape of the garden (p.146)

dimensions for pond P.150

fish shouldn’t be added until the plant have been planted for 2-3 weeks

steams should be 30 to 40cm deep (p.151) with waterside plants

with a stream you should decorate the steam with pebbles (p.151)

don’t overcrowd banks of steams with many streams

inserting pumps for water (P155-6)

stone basin arrangement (p.159)

sand is used to show a spiritual dimension to show calm and purity (160-1)

sand is used to show the “waves” of water (p.163′ steppingstones need to be flat

In Japan steppingstones are 50 cm or 1 ft. 8 in. (p.167) usual distance

alternate small stones with larger stone (p.169)

patters for steppingstones (p.170)

pines and evergreens are a major part of a Japanese Garden (p.174)

Bridges for large gardens (p.174)

bridges also connect gardens (p.176)

think of bridge with no/low railings (p.177)

I like zig zag brides (p.183)

4 types of stone Lanters (p.187)

types of lanterns (p.188)

Pergolas are draped over pale stones

dimensions for building a pergola (p.192)

[47] P.195

fences are a prominent feature of a garden. Japanese like bamboo (don’t use nails) *. p.195 instead…weave

construction of bamboo fences P.202-5

use fence as a short sleeve or a blind (p.201)

fences are used to create some space.

[53] p.219

list of: “specs” for a Japanese Garden

evergreen trees P.219-220

Deciduous trees 221-223

flowering trees 224-228

shrubs 228-232

deciduous shrubs 232-3

flowering shrubs 234-239

Berries P.240

Groundcover P.240-42 how to

Grasses and Bamboos 242

Bamboos p.243-44

Shorter bamboo grasses P.244-245

Mosses P.245 need a well-drained environment

[61] p.248

moss alternative p.248

Ferns P.248

Tropical Specimen Plant p.248

Japanese banana

Foliage and Flowers p.250

specs for flowers p.252

Aquatic plants p.255

Non-traditional alternatives p.259

Evergreeens

Deciduous shrubs p.261

Flowering shrub p.261

Winter interests p.265

Wild flowers p. 265

Foilage plants p.267

Aquatic plants p.267

For the kindle there was links for the index of plants along with a general index

Also gave a reference for UK gardens to visit

3 thoughts on “Authentic Japanese Gardens by Yoko Kawaguchi

  1. Note: Since it was a book of your choice, being the rebel that I am, I was looking for a Japanese garden comic book. As of 2/19 I have not found such a book, but I’m still looking. Since I have been “tamed”, I’m going to start reading this book.
    • a natural landscape
    • offer peace and harmony
    • have clean and elegant form
    • create Japanese Garden in the corner of your property
    • start on the Bonzi plant (upper class)
    • Japaneses Gardens are 1400 years are
    • landscape in miniature need use of water
    • need group of rocks for Buddhist
    • Four types:
    o hill & pond
    o dry gardens
    o tea gardens
    o courtyard gardens
    • The Hill and Pond Garden
    • all about landscape “with an island”
    • responses to the natural response – Ballon flowers were grown
    • rocks were used to show “the shoreline”
    • Temple and palace garden
    • talk of the bridge to heaven P. 33
    • Paradise for Buddhist water and rocks make the stroll garden
    • Manmade hills
    • Japan learns about building small mounds
    • the rocks are complemented by the plant
    • Designing hill and pond garden (represent nature)
    • Bridges are focal points Japanese gardens is a special place
    • Japanese gardens try to show swift streams and tranquil mountain pools
    • [10] spirituality and calm, a sacred space
    • for building construction in Japan, the floor is usually raised 45cm above the ground. (p.43)
    • tall shrubs give the illusion of depth (P.44)
    • house is built high off the ground to protect the woodwork (p.44)
    • gave plant types for garden on page 44-47
    • Dry rocks represent various zen concepts (p.47)
    • abstract shapes help exercise the mind (p.48) meditation
    • fine racked pebbles look like a flowing steam (p.53)
    • dry garden do not need to be flat
    • pebbles can be positioned to show the flow of water (P.57)
    • moss or grass can be used for separation
    • moss does not like sunshine, or saturated ground, but likes the water (p.60-1)
    • The tea garden was developed in the 1400, drink green tea with your guests, it was humble, formatted by a forest. seeking Tranquility
    • tea gardens is a median (simple and natural material)
    • When designing a tea garden, you don’t want to rush your guest through the garden [20] p,.76
    • should help stimulate meditation (p.77)
    • use privacy with the use of evergreens (p.80)
    • Moss seems very important in a Japanese garden***
    • plants for tea garden P.82
    • Courtyard Garden cramped for space 3.3 square meter (p.83)
    • lanterns are used to focus eye on Japanese gardens (p.87)
    • plants need to be chosen for year-round view (P.88)
    • moss can represent an island (P.91)
    • Plant are good idea in a warm climate (sprinkle the plants with water)
    • plants for courtyard garden (P.96)
    • Japanese gardens do not confine shrubs or perennials to beds (p.98)**
    • observe and respect the inherent shape of the plant (p.102)
    • “train” tree to grow “into” the garden space, thus buy small (new) trees (P.102)
    • slow growing shrubs can grow into globes
    • use canes to help support/train the plant (P.105)
    • out a plant in front of a white background (p.109) for design
    • pruning can control the height of the plant (p.110)
    • Open wounds are treated with anti-fungal preparation and wax, after new growth has occurred after three years, the growth is “clipped” (p.114)
    • A tree can take shape after 5 years, but will take 20 years to mature (p.114)
    • for a topiary in a Japanese garden is like creating a fence (p.116)
    • Pines are trained to be cover ponds or lakes (p.117)
    • Japanese gardeners think of 3, 7, or 5 (p.117)
    • shrubs are used to fill empty space without distracting the eye (p. 119) [30]
    • the whole area seems to be covered by moss. Also, rocks are important
    • bury base of rocks in ground
    • rocks need to look like it’s at normal state (p.128)
    • plant need to be in balance with rocks
    • rocks need to be all the same type (all balance and harmony) (p.131)
    • Buddhist mountains: Kannon-the goddess of mercy (p.133)
    • Zen gardens include a flat-topped rock (p.135) like a boat
    • when making a Japanese garden the most important item is the rock which represent Buddha (p.136)
    • Water represents terrain, swift rivers (p.137)

    • waterfalls are important (p.142) (talk about carp going to heaven)
    • water feature is an integral part of designing a garden (p.146)
    • creating wood features for the overall landscape of the garden (p.146)
    • dimensions for pond P.150
    • fish shouldn’t be added until the plant have been planted for 2-3 weeks
    • steams should be 30 to 40cm deep (p.151) with waterside plants
    • with a stream you should decorate the steam with pebbles (p.151)
    • don’t overcrowd banks of steams with many streams
    • sand is used to show a spiritual dimension to show calm and purity (160-1)
    • sand is used to show the “waves” of water (p.163′ steppingstones need to be flat
    • In Japan steppingstones are 50 cm or 1 ft. 8 in. (p.167) usual distance
    • alternate small stones with larger stone (p.169)
    • patters for steppingstones (p.170)
    • pines and evergreens are a major part of a Japanese Garden (p.174)
    • think of bridge with no/low railings (p.177)
    • fences are a prominent feature of a garden. Japanese like bamboo (don’t use nails) *. p.195 instead…weave
    • construction of bamboo fences P.202-5
    • use fence as a short sleeve or a blind (p.201)
    • fences are used to create some space.
    • list of: “specs” for a Japanese Garden
    • evergreen trees P.219-220
    • Deciduous trees 221-223
    • flowering trees 224-228
    • shrubs 228-232
    • deciduous shrubs 232-3
    • flowering shrubs 234-239
    • Berries P.240
    • Groundcover P.240-42 how to
    • Grasses and Bamboos 242
    • Bamboos p.243-44
    • Shorter bamboo grasses P.244-245
    • Mosses P.245 need a well-drained environment
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  2. Have a question that I think you might be my best resource;

    Our book for our March meeting is Japanese gardens, that’s because our group is going to tour Andersons Gardens here in Rockford, and we can choose any book that deals with Japanese gardening. So you know me, such a rebel, my mission is to find a comic book dealing with such. Could you use any of your library “tools” to help me find a comic by 3/12 (the date of book club is 3/15)? Though, I don’t want to pay much money for this comic😉.

    For me, I searched Amazon Prime, no luck. As you can see, my resources are quiet limited. Though, I have asked a collector, he himself can’t help, but he will ask in a couple of his “circles” for guidance.

    I also have an eye appointment (from the VA) at this time. Seems that there is always a crisis.

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  3. It needs to have one of these aspects:

    1. Rocks
    2. Flowing water(s)
    3. Fishpond
    4. Peaceful environment

    But, this rebel broke down and ordered an “authentic Japanese garden” book from amazon. If I find a comic book, I’ll switch (or use it as a side bar).

    It’s tougher than I thought to find this particular type of book☹

    Can it be a fiction story or does it need to be a factual presentation about how to do Japanese Gardens in comic book form?

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