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New e-Book Series– Japanese Garden Paths and Stepping Stone Paths in Famous Japanese Gardens

The creators of the website “Real Japanese Gardens” have released a short eBooks and picture collection about garden paths in Japanese Zen temples and gardens.

San Francisco, CA, April 18, 2013 --( Tokyo-based garden designer Keizo Hayano and German garden designer Jenny Feuerpeil write short e-books about Japanese garden culture on their website "Real Japanese Gardens." A new series about elements of the Japanese garden (Japanese garden fences, Japanese garden paths and stone lanterns) is to be released within the next weeks.

The first e-book of the garden path series has 11 pages and 47 quality pictures of typical Japanese garden paths (nobedan) in Japan’s best gardens - from rock gardens in Kyoto to pond strolling gardens in Tokyo –the most beautiful garden paths have been chosen for this e-book.

The Shin-Gyo-So system, which originated in Japanese calligraphy, is also applied to garden paths and is introduced in this book. Numerous examples point out the differences of “Shin,” the formal, “Gyo,” the semi-formal, and “Sou,” the informal style of laid stone paths (shiki-ishi).

Garden designer and member of the Japanese Garden Design Association Keizo Hayano points out the important role of paths in a Japanese garden: “Paths are not only a safe and comfortable way for the visitor to move through the garden; skillfully laid stone paths also manipulate how the visitor perceives the garden. On a wide and even Shin-style path, the visitor can take in the view of the temple architecture or garden features while walking. On a narrow and uneven So-style stepping stone path in a Japanese tea garden however, the garden experience will be very different. Here, one has to carefully place one foot after the other, looking down while doing so. It is not only a small journey from the garden gate to the tea house, but also a journey to your inner self.”

Jenny Feuerpeil is the photographer of the garden pictures for this e-book. She says: “Visiting a Japanese garden is a holistic experience. All senses are engaged. In traditional Japanese gardens, natural stone is used almost exclusively. The texture and surface structure of a traditional garden path, the smooth surface and rounded edges of century old cut stone paths (nobedan) have a premium textural quality. I can recommend every Japan traveler to visit the gardens of Daitoku-ji, Tofuku-ji and Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto to see the world’s finest examples of garden paths.”

Currently the website features basic information, pictures and directions to around 90 gardens in Japan. To date, 12 eBooks about famous, secret and private Japanese gardens have been published. Another 3 eBooks have been released about typical elements of a Japanese garden – traditional fences and gravel patterns. The first eBook in the plant category is an introduction to Japanese bamboo.

About us:
Providing reliable information to our readers is our highest priority. Before writing the e- book, we visit the garden and take photos of the garden and its features. Up to 80% of the research is done using Japanese resources (books, journals and interviews) to stay as close to the Japanese garden tradition as possible.

Keizo Hayano is a Japanese garden designer with 20 years of experience under his belt. He is the owner and head designer of the garden design studio Niwashyu in Shibuya, Tokyo ( He studied the fine arts at the Kyoto City College of Arts and loves small intimate gardens that soothe the soul. Member of the Japanese Association of Garden Designers.

Jenny Feuerpeil is a German garden designer who came to Japan hoping to soak up the essence of Japanese design. After leaving her job at a global IT company, she studied garden design in Chelsea, London and founded the garden design label Dendron Exterior Design (

In 2010, she decided to go to Japan to learn the Japanese garden tradition first hand as an apprentice in a garden maintenance company near Tokyo. She loves the rough texture of natural materials, the boldness of stone arrangements and dry landscape gardens.

“We love Japanese Gardens. And we want the world to know more about Real Japanese gardens.”
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