Create Your Own Japanese Garden

A Practical Guide

  • Motomi Oguchi and Joseph Cali
Create Your Own Japanese Garden

Size: 260×190 mm, 670 g
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 128
500 photos and 100 illustrations
ISBN10: 1-56836-544-6
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-544-2
Release date: June 1, 2007

List price: $29.95

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The Japanese garden is unsurpassed in its subtle interplay of nature and design. Whether a rustic stone walkway in a small entrance garden, or the tranquil vista of a backyard tree garden, the unmistakable balance of serenity and beauty has earned the Japanese garden a reputation as a living work of art.

In Create Your Own Japanese Garden, veteran garden designer Motomi Oguchi offers the reader a step-by-step, practical approach to Japanese garden design, of more than 400 gardens. Real examples from gardens he has conceived, constructed, and photographed cover key garden types and construction methods.

Joseph Cali, author of The New Zen Garden, lends his perspective, as well as detailed line drawings, to make these original Japanese designs accessible to homeowners, landscape designers, and garden lovers everywhere.

The focus of this book is on the intimate relation between house and garden, and how Japanese garden types can be applied to residential homes and small businesses to bring a bit of that traditional beauty into everyday life. Oguchi begins every chapter by discussing the general layouts and methods for developing each garden before going into one specific feature of the garden in a step-by-step format. Sections on general techniques offer advice on handling stone, sand, bamboo, moss, and trees. Applying time-honored techniques to typical situations, Create Your Own Japanese Garden offers both ambitious designs and simple variations calculated to bring you into closer contact with nature the Japanese way.

Accompanied by detailed photographs and illustrations, as well as suggestions for special touches and maintenance, this book will be an invaluable resource for any garden enthusiast, and indeed any reader keen to explore the techniques that capture the beauty and ambience of the Japanese garden.

Add a touch of serenity to your home and life . . .

  • Step-by-step instruction on Japanese garden design and construction
  • Numerous examples of sukiya-style gardens
  • Practical information for both the casual and dedicated gardener
  • Hundreds of photographs and detail-rich illustrations


“This is probably the best garden book to be published in English in the past half decade. [T]his book deserves an ‘A’ grade.”
—Journal of Japanese Gardening

“This book is loaded with design ideas for East and West.”
—Washington Post

“Just leafing through the photographs is enough to make you feel at peace!”
—My Home

About the Authors

After graduation from the Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1970, MOTOMI OGUCHI continued his garden studies with experts in Tokyo and Kyoto before he began designing and building his own gardens in 1974. In over 30 years he has created approximately 400 Japanese gardens for homes, temples, and commercial spaces. His work outside Japan includes the Japanese garden of the schloss Schoenbrunn in Vienna. Oguchi has authored more than 18 books and monographs in Japanese. This is his first book in English.

JOSEPH CALI was born and raised in New York City and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has lived and worked in Japan as a designer, illustrator, and writer since 1983. He is the designer and coauthor of The Japanese Dream House. Cali's professional and personal interests have led him to study the Japanese garden and culminated in his first publication in the field, The New Zen Garden, in 2004.