Meditations from Japan on the go!
We're thrilled to share that Of Arcs and Circles: Insights from Japan on Gardens, Nature, and Art is now available as an audiobook!
Read by author and renowned garden designer, Marc Peter Keane, Of Arcs and Circles is a collection of essays in which Keane contemplates wildness, humanity, beauty, the liquid state of the world.
From his vantage point as a garden designer and writer based in Kyoto, Marc Peter Keane examines the world around him and delivers astonishing insights through an array of narratives. How the names of gardens reveal their essential meaning. A new definition of what art is. What trees are really made of. The true meaning of the enigmatic torii gate found at Shinto shrines. Why we give flowers as gifts. The essential, underlying unity of the world.
Marc Peter Keane, a landscape architect and a leading expert on Japanese garden design, focuses on gardens not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also (like poetry, sculpture and painting) as allegorical compositions.
Keane is the author of The Japanese Tea Garden, The Art of Setting Stones and Japanese Garden Design (Tuttle Publishing, 2000). He is co-author (with Jiro Takei) of Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden, (Tuttle, 2001). He has also published numerous articles and essays relating to Japanese gardens and preservation in Kyoto.