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Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America

Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America
Kendall H. Brown
Tuttle Publishing
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cloth, 176 pp., $34.95

Japanese–style gardens in North America are the subject of this book by the esteemed Asian art historian Kendall H. Brown. He looks at the similarities and differences between Japanese gardens in North America and in their home country. Brown examines 26 gardens, after first dividing them into five categories, which relate to the history of Japanese relationships with the U.S. and Canada. The individual case studies consider the people, eras, places, artistic buildings and landscapes, permanent or temporary, which captured the imagination of North American viewers. These gardens are prime examples of this three–dimensional art form. During wartime, those of Japanese ancestry and these gardens did not fare well; the author points out such injustices. Photographer David H. Cobb captures the beauty of these sites in breathtaking color. The appendices contain contact information about visiting these Japanese–style gardens and others in North America. Further information on the topic may be found in a bibliography found in the rear pages.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden