When Fernweh strikes me and I cannot travel to a place I long for, I turn to books. In Japan, I loved going for walks through all those meticulously designed and well-tended gardens that are so typical for the country. Back home I often long for their serenity and calm beauty. So, I was really thrilled when I found “The Japanese Garden” by Sophia Walker, a garden designer in her own right. I was even more thrilled when the boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday.
Thanks to the beautiful, ethereal photography in the book I now can go back to some of my happy places in Japan whenever I want. Also, with its green cover and the cut out circle that reveals the millennial pink first page, the book makes a great addition to any sideboard of coffee table. You can purchase the book via Amazon or check your local bookstore if they have it!
Some Outtakes from “The Japanese Garden”
Find some images from the book “The Japanese Garden” alongside some quotes by the author, Sophie Walker, from this interview with Phaidon Press down below.
«The Japanese garden has a very distinct visual character – so much so there can be no mistaking it as being ‘Japanese’ – the decoration and motifs are highly sophisticated and we come to recognise them. As a garden-maker I’m drawn to the Japanese garden because I am interested in how successful these gardens are at engaging their visitor.»
«Another particularly Japanese design tool is the set-up of the garden that cannot be entered – the gardens of Zen temples, or small residential courtyard gardens that are designed to be looked onto and not physically entered – again this is a completely foreign set up to most garden forms.»
«What we see in the Japanese garden depends upon ourselves – depends upon the imagination we afford to the scene before us.»
Disclaimer: All images published with the kind permission of Phaidon Press Ltd. All quotes by Sophie Walker. This post might contain affiliate links.