CREATING YOUR OWN JAPANESE GARDEN, by Takashi Sawano. Tokyo: Shufunomoto Co., Ltd., 1999, 120 pp., 3,800 yen (cloth).

This is the kind of book you might give to a committed Japanophile like Larry Ellison, Oracle president and CEO. While professional landscape architect Takashi Sawano does not say whether the corporate samurai spirit fits the bill, he does insist that without a studied appreciation of Japanese aesthetics, any attempt to build a Japanese garden is destined to fail from lack of soul.

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