the garden
Article Appearing in"ROTH TEI-EN"
Journal of Japanese Gardens
page 4 of 4

In Summary

Living in a culture from which an art form comes will always give one a better grasp of it than one can get anywhere else. You can, for example, begin to see how the shape of the mountains, and how the land meets the ocean finds its expression in those rock arrangements.



But there are many, many skills about garden design that are truly more efficiently learned at workshops in your area. "Going to the source" is not always the best answer.

If you are committed to going to the source, JOJG has some leads on internships with Japanese landscapers. Try to keep your expectations in line, though, with the fact that most Japanese


landscapers spend years learning the skills that you are interested in...passing extremely detailed tests (e.g., on how many centimeters high a basin should be compared to the bamboo fence behind it), and then waiting for the right customer to come along to be able to employ those techniques. Don't be in too much of a hurry, and be grateful for what does come your way.

Cynthia Japanese Garden

Japanese style garden
Cynthia designed for gardens exhibition
in April 2000
Tokushima - Japan

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