JAPANESE ARTS & CULTURE

Calm, focus, natural beauty, balance, simplicity--these are just a few of the unique and extraordinary qualities that have come to represent the Land of the Rising Sun. Whether in poetry, gardening, philosophy, or the martial arts, the Japanese approach to life and art is like no other culture on Earth. And here you will find a wide range of resources to bring the Japanese way and aesthetic to your own life.

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The View from The Sound of Cherry Blossoms

We have all been in gardens—even very costly ones—that we find oddly uninspiring. There are the landscapes around mansions where money has been lavished on moving trees, building pools, patios, and fire pits, and planting lush lawns, yet we don’t much enjoy being in those spaces and may even find them stale and uncomfortable. People can spend a lot for a deeply unsatisfying garden. And we have all experienced the small dead spaces outside commercial areas like hotels and grocery stores where we wonder why they even bothered with “landscaping.”

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