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With beautiful photographs, an evocative history of and guide to Japanese temple gardens and Zen aesthetics; includes the classical splendours of Nanzen­in and the timeless beauty of Ryoan­ji, through to 20th century interpretations by garden artists such as Shigemori Mirei and Nakane Kinsaku. The book also explores the symbolism of motifs and design elements within Zen gardens, from the significance of ponds and bridges to the Three Sacred Stones, gravel and moss. Inspiring details, whether for a trip to visit some of the gardens or to apply some of the principles to your own patch of calm. Hardback, 23cm square. 208 pages, 216 colour and 11 black and white illustrations.