The Industries of Japan; Together with an Account of Its Agriculture, Forestry, Arts, and Commerce. from Travels and Researches Undertaken at the Cost of the Prussian Government
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... of this kind arc paved with one row of stone slabs, in which all regularity of form is avoided. There is no attempt to make the edges even. Potted plants of the popular dwarfed varieties take the place of borders on both sides. Japanese art-gardening is carried on with very few implements--and these few but poorly adapted to their purpose--but with great manual skill. It does not compare with European gardening in perfection of taste and execution, nor in the ways and means which are at the command of our gardeners. It must be regarded, however, as a sample of Japanese taste, just like some specimens of their art industry. Our gardeners have learned with great care the requirements of all the plant-life in their domain, and seek by fulfilling these conditions to bring all to their highest natural perfection. On the other hand, the Japanese gardener tries to keep all bushes and trees constantly pruned and trimmed, and in many other ways to obstruct their natural development; now to produce symmetrical forms, after the fashion of old French gardening, and again to prevent symmetry by fanciful creations, dwarfed and deformed figures, and to work in a way utterly incomprehensible to us. There is now-a-days a tendency in Europe to imitate this sort of gardening in its quaint artificiality; but it is not according to our taste, and only admissible in exceptional cases. Our gardeners help nature; the Japanese do her violence. But Japanese gardening is praised in many books, just for this unnatural tendency, while to us it appears like incomprehensible trifling and waste of effort. Dwarfing or enlarging one part at the expense of the other, variegation and cultivation of every accident or trick of nature, are, as has been intimated, the careful...
- 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
- 13 Sep 2013
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