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Pros
  • Stunning photography
  • Concise bilingual descriptions
Cons
  • Not really a con: not too much information on some locations
This is a small but wonderful compendium of lesser-known Japanese gardens, many of which are still off the beaten tracks of mass tourism. The book comprises three parts: gardens in the Tokyo area, in Kyoto and surroundings as well as gardens in other parts of Japan. The photography is superb.

Each garden is presented on two pages, with a short description in English and Japanese as well as one or two photos that capture the essence of each location.

Although a resident of Kanto I have to admit that Mr Lander's book introduces a lot of gardens I haven't visited yet (which are now on my shortlist). The information on some locations is a bit scarce but elicits the desire to further delve into their history.

A highly recommended book for everyone fascinated by the beauty and serenity of Japanese gardens.
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