The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto

  • Photographs by Katsuhiko Mizuno
  • Text by Masaaki Ono
  • Translated by Lynne E. Riggs and Chikako Imoto
The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto

Size: 308×235 mm, 1120 g
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 136
100 color photos, 10 b/w illustrations
ISBN10: 4-7700-2937-3
ISBN13: 978-4-7700-2937-9
Release date: Aug. 1, 2004

List price: $45.00

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The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto.”
—Metropolitan Home

“Don’t miss the Hidden Gardens of Kyoto. ...The timeless elegance of such gardens is extraordinary. ...This newly-released masterpiece demonstrates the Japanese esthetic that blends utility and ornamentation which for centuries has provided a sanctuary where inhabitants can stroll, boat, sip tea and meditate on all of life’s possibilities. The utmost attention to detail translates into the precision with which inanimate objects are integrated into their natural surroundings.”
Renovation & Decor

The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto is devoted to resplendent photographs of the gardens themselves. A singularly beautiful treasury.”
Midwest Book Review

“This luscious volume opens the raffia-tied bamboo gate to reveal a world of gardens both ancient and surprisingly contemporary.”
Seattle Times

“This book can provide many moments of pleasure and inspiration.”
Post and Courier

“[The book] gives much insight of the various garden elements in traditional Japanese gardens.”
Juneau Empire

“An elegant visual and textual introduction to Japanese gardens.”
Asahi Herald

“With these details, Mizuno and Ono give readers a new appreciation of the traditional Japanese garden. Perhaps the most intriguing detail of The Hidden Garden of Kyoto is knowing that the gate into these gardens—which might otherwise be closed—is, in these pages, open to us all.”
The Globalist (Online)

“This book is excellent coffee table fare.”
Metropolis Tokyo

About the Authors

KATSUHIKO MIZUNO, the photographer, born in Kyoto in 1941, graduated from Doshisha University and the Tokyo College of Photography. His camera has been focused on his historic home town since 1969. In 2000 he renovated a Kyoto townhouse said to date from the latter half of the Edo period, converting it into a museum housing his photographic works. He has published over 110 books, including the English-language Landscapes for Small Spaces (Kodansha International), which won a Gold Medal in the Foreword 2002 Book of the Year Awards.

MASAAKI ONO, the author, born in Nara in 1947, graduated from Doshisha University. After studying garden design under the distinguished and influential Mirei Shigemori, he opened his own design office. Among his many projects have been gardens at Seirenji, Jotokuin, and Shojokein temples, as well as those he designed for teahouses, inns, and private residences.