“Japanese Garden Notes” is a gorgeous photo book that introduces aspects of traditional Japanese garden design. It walks the reader through the philosophy of “space and passage,” “function and art” and “intent and time,” explaining why certain details recur and the emotions they are meant to inspire.

If you’ve ever wondered why paths unfold in a particularly meandering way or what a stone knotted with black string symbolizes (no entry), this is the book for you.

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