Courtyard Gardens of Kyoto's Merchant Houses

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  • Copyright: 2006-12-15
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Inc
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One of the pleasures of visiting Kyoto is to wander around narrow streets lined with machiya, the traditional townhouses of the merchant class. Tucked away inside each of these unusually long, narrow dwellings is a hidden oasis: a small garden known as the tsuboniwa. Following on fromLandscapes for Small SpacesandThe Hidden Gardens of Kyoto, the third book by garden enthusiast and photographer Katsuhiko Mizuno focuses on these miniature courtyard gardens of the machiya. A wide variety of gardens are beautifully photographed and presented: from those in shops, inns, restaurants, and tearooms, to gardens in many private homes. A total of 150 color images from fifty-two houses showcase the flawless Kyoto aesthetic and use of limited space. Surrounding architectural features, such as shoji sliding doors, reed blinds, beams, railings, and walkways are also featured. Each photograph is accompanied by analytical and insightful comments from the author, making this a useful reference book for all garden lovers, as well as a visual feast for anyone with an interest in traditional Japanese design.

Author Biography

KATSUHIKO MIZUNO, born in Kyoto in 1941, graduated from Doshisha University and the Tokyo College of Photography. His photographs are on display in the Kyoto townhouse he renovated and converted into a museum.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Merchant Housesp. 1
Shiori-anp. 2
Kawamura Orimonop. 10
Shikunship. 16
Kitahara Residence (Omiya-an)p. 20
Yuzukip. 24
Obiya Sutematsup. 28
Okadap. 32
Daigokuden Honpop. 34
Kano Residencep. 36
Suzuki Shoiudop. 38
Shosuikaku (Nishijin-ori Art Museum)p. 40
Nishijin Asagip. 41
Izutsu-yap. 42
Manzokuya Kimurap. 44
Misuya-barip. 45
Gallery Tazawap. 46
Fine Restaurants and Teahousesp. 47
Shiraumep. 48
Ikumatsup. 54
Hyokip. 58
Hatakakup. 62
Dorakup. 66
Kyoshikip. 69
Kinmatap. 72
Izumimasap. 74
Kitamurap. 76
Torii Jayap. 78
Focal Pointp. 79
Kurosukep. 80
Residencesp. 81
Hata Residencep. 82
Genan Housep. 88
Hika Residencep. 94
Kimura Residencep. 98
Arakawa Residencep. 101
Noguchi Residencep. 102
Morimoto Residencep. 104
Murakishi Residencep. 106
Oku Residencep. 108
Nakatsuji Residencep. 110
Morise Residencep. 112
Hori Residencep. 114
Tamura Residencep. 116
Miyazaki Residencep. 118
Ookusa Residencep. 119
Yoshida Residencep. 120
Morikawa Residencep. 121
Bokkai Residencep. 122
Yoshida Residencep. 123
Nishimura Residencep. 124
Yoshida Residencep. 125
Kitamura Residencep. 126
Yoshimura Private Academyp. 127
Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan Museump. 128
Stones Used in Tsuboniwap. 131
Plants Featured in Tsuboniwap. 132
Garden Plansp. 133
Conclusionp. 139
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