Tokyo, Japan, April 29, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- In Japanese gardens as well as in Western gardens, fences can have many different functions – from being mainly practical, subdividing the garden or separating it from the outside to being a more decorative element.
Bamboo is a very light material and easy to work with. It is strong, yet flexible, which allows for a great variety of practical uses and designs. As a building material for the outside, where it is exposed to sun and rain, it is relatively short-lived. Especially when the bamboo is in direct contact with water or soil, it weathers rapidly. Still, even though a fence may last only around 5 years, it ages gracefully.
Part 1 deals with the tall bamboo fences like the Katsura fence, the Kennin-ji fence and Nanzen-ji fence – all named after the temples they originated from.
Part 2 of the mini-series is about small bamboo fences like Yotsume-gaki fence, Kinkaku-ji fence, Ryoan-ji fence and Shiori-do doors.
The author Jenny Feuerpeil says: “All of the fences in this eBook are see-through fences - sukashi-gaki – an interesting design element. The garden visitor can see what lies on the other side of the fence, but cannot go there. Often used in Japanese tea gardens, this design element can be used to increase curiosity and anticipation.”
The e-book can be found on the Real Japanese Gardens – website under www.japanesegardens.jp. It currently sells for $1.95.
About: 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 (www.niwashyu.jp). 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 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 (www.dendronexteriordesign.com).
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.
Both truly live their website's motto: “We love Japanese Gardens. And we want the world to know more about Real Japanese gardens.”