THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GRDENS TO SEE IN JAPAN
From imperial estates to Zen creations, landscape artist Sophie Walker introduces us to the art of the Japanese garden, its thousand-year history and its many facets.
BY MARINA HEMONET
A rich and varied palette analyzed by Sophie Walker, author of this book but also landscape designer, through extensive thematic essays that allow us to better understand the millennial philosophy of the Japanese garden. From observing the passage of the four seasons to the scenic composition of miniature landscapes, maintaining a garden in Japan is like a Buddhist practice: "As a landscape gardener, I am convinced that the garden represents an achievement of development of human thought. The garden attracts me by its capacity to transmit both playful and deeply serious aspects. " To evoke emotion, this is indeed the purpose of the Japanese garden.