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always fun to probe historical texts of relevance today or just curious, but not so common to have something this age to read.
The Sakuteiki is a text of the Heian era and is a guide for the design of a garden. Taboos are particularly entertaining, they underlined with warning “To make a garden by studying nature exclusively, without any knowledge of various taboos, is unwise. “There are problems with construction in a certain way that would block the passage of the white tiger, for example. Some texture, perhaps, but not very enlightening for growing plants today. More interesting it is that herbs and flowering perennials now more often seen in modern Japanese gardens are used.
Kyoto located on the site of the ancient city of Heian, so there are layers of history here that go back a long way. The city of Heian was planned teacher in a grid, as the capital of China, Tang AD 700. One of the most interesting images of the book that I have, published in 2008 by Jiro Takei and Marc Keane, is a residence of the time Heian of a ruling family:
the organic relationship between the house and the garden rectilinear fluid is remarkable; It reminded me of a rectangular pot and a tree upflow it. Residences of this type was carefully designed to provide many garden views. They were integrated in a sophisticated way that suggests a central relationship with nature. Of course, these were the residences of government officials and not Joe Schmo barracks, but still …
I’m not sure there is a clear link here to what we do with the bonsai. One thing to note, however: Like the eastern United States in the early days of settlement, old forests around the city of Heian were demolished to support the growth of the city. There was nothing that was “wild nature” for a great distance. organically planned gardens recreate the feeling of nature within the walls of their homes. I wonder if that’s not uncommon for those living in the city networks drive, and perhaps not the link to our attraction for bonsai. It is just remarkable clarity with the Japanese elite expressed that desire in their lives. There are plenty of examples around the world of gardens designed around the houses, but not many where the house is designed by the garden. I would have my beret out to anyone who designs a house, thinking of a garden.
This article was originally published on http://crataegus.com/2012/02/01/sakuteiki-1000-year-old-gardening-text/