Of Arcs and Circles

Insights from Japan on Gardens, Nature, and Art

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Pub Date 8 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 12 Apr 2022

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From his vantage point as a garden designer and writer based in Kyoto, Marc Peter Keane examines the world around him and delivers astonishing insights through an array of narratives. How the names of gardens reveal their essential meaning. A new definition of what art is. What trees are really made of. The true meaning of the enigmatic torii gate found at Shinto shrines. Why we give flowers as gifts. The essential, underlying unity of the world.

From his vantage point as a garden designer and writer based in Kyoto, Marc Peter Keane examines the world around him and delivers astonishing insights through an array of narratives. How the names...


Advance Praise

"For a thoughtful romp through Kyoto’s aesthetic delights—from the utterly mundane to the exquisitely ineffable—I can’t think of a better guide than Marc Peter Keane. I highly recommend his newest volume, Of Arcs and Circles."
—Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

"Maybe it comes from years of working with gardens, paying attention to the twist of one branch, the spread of a patch of moss. Marc Keane notices things. He really looks. It might be a wasp nest, an old machiya being torn down, the wind in the trees, a dragonfly that landed on his finger. He looks, and his thoughts begin to swim, then fly, then swoop back down again, in cycle upon cycle, always returning to the inter-connectedness and impermanence — the wonder — of things."
—Alex Kerr, author of Finding the Heart Sutra

Reviews for Japanese Garden Notes

"An elegantly soulful interpretation of the essential elements of Japanese garden design."
The New York Times

"An inspirational source for any individual interested in Japanese gardens and their design."
Choice Reviews

"Gorgeous... Like the gardens themselves, every corner of Japanese Garden Notes has been carefully considered, making for a delightful, nourishing coffee-table book."
The Japan Times

"For a thoughtful romp through Kyoto’s aesthetic delights—from the utterly mundane to the exquisitely ineffable—I can’t think of a better guide than Marc Peter Keane. I highly recommend his newest...


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