nature’s innate balance

Posted on jun 13, 2017

“the use of nature as a motif for garden design (and perhaps a reason why nature imagery was such a fundamental theme of the Heian period [794-1184] in general as well) was based on the widespread belief that there was something inherent about the natural world that was wholesome and correct. Things as they appear in the natural world were believed to express an innate balance, … a kind of healthfulness. It followed that to use those elements in the garden in the same way they were found in nature was a means to bring nature’s innate balance into one’s household; conversely, to use elements of nature in a way that was contradictory to the way they were found naturally … was tantamount to disrupting the balance of nature. Observing nature as a basis for garden design, therefore, was not just a point aesthetics, it was an attempt to harmonize one’s household with the life forces of the surrounding environment through the design of the garden.”

Jirō Takei & Marc P. Keane

Uit: Sakuteiki – Visions of the Japanese garden, Jirō Takei, Marc P. Keane, Tuttle Publishing, 2008;p56. (Afbeelding:p35)
Over het boek:
The Sakuteiki, or “Records of Garden Making,” was written nearly one thousand years ago. It is the oldest existing text on Japanese gardening -or any kind of gardening- in the world. In this edition of the Sakuteiki the authors provide an English-language translation of this classic work and an introduction to the cultural and historical context that led to the development of Japanese gardening. Central to this explanation is an understanding of the sacred importance of stones in Japanese culture and Japanese garden design.

Written by a Japanese court noble during the Heian period (794-1184), the Sakuteiki includes both technical advice on gardening—much of which is still followed in today’s Japanese gardens—and an examination of the four central threads of allegorical meaning, which were integral features of Heian-era garden design. – Tuttle Publishing


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