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Landscapes for Small Spaces
Japanese Courtyard Gardens

Katsuhiko Mizuno
Kodansha International
Distributed by Reed

THE Japanese are the acknowledged maestros of small-space gardening. This beautifully presented and produced hard-back reveals the tranquil splendour of tsuboniwa, ancient Japanese courtyard gardens. The highlight of the book is the 100 photographs of various Kyoto gardens, many of them from the palaces, temples and shrines that pepper the area. Katsuhiko Mizuno is a renowned photographer - this is his 101st book - and his work captures the essence of this aesthetic - its order, peace and spirituality.

Landscapes for Small Spaces is a far cry from the usual coffee table ornament - of interest to those who may want their own tsuboniwa is the author's detailed account recreating a courtyard garden in an urban setting.

Weekend Gardener, Issue 157, 2004, Page 23

Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH

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