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Mirei Shigemori: Modernizing the Japanese Garden

Mirei Shigemori (1896-1975), a historian trained in painting and ikebana, is increasingly admired for his contemporary Japanese garden designs. Believing the garden had fallen into cliche, Shigemori applied modernist shapes, colors and materials to create stunning avant-garde works that also celebrated the ancient Japanese gods and rituals.

This book explores 10 major Shigemori works - from the checkerboard garden of Tofukuji (1939) and the "Hidden Christian" dry landscape at Zuiho-in (1961) to the masterful stone settings at Matsuo Taisha (1975) - using design/cultural analysis, garden plans and photographs.

Written by Christian Tschumi and Photography by Markuz Wernli.


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