Create Your Own Japanese Garden: A Practical Guide
Motomi Oguchi and Joseph Cali
Garden Designer - One of the UK's leading garden design web site, GardenDesigner includes the design for a 'Feng Shui' garden, news, events, reviews, and much more.
Chiso: an introduction to traditional aspects of Japan - This site, developed by Mr. Trevor Cotton, includes descriptions and photos on many of the finest gardens in Kyoto, Tokyo and other areas.
Clif Olds' The Japanese Garden - This web site is dedicated to the Japanese garden, and more specifically to the historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs. It is designed to provide the visitor with an opportunity to visit each garden, to move through or around it, to experience it through the medium of high-quality color images, and to learn something of its history.
Gardens of Scotland - Fraser Drummond's essay on Japanese gardens in Scotland as well as a general essay on the history of gardens in Japan . Contact him at archie.Drummond@virgin.net.
International Association of Japanese Gardens -
Japanese Garden - An introduction to Japanese garden styles.
Japanese Garden Broadband Slideshow - a slideshow of high-resolution images plus koto music of the Japanese Garden of Seattle. Note this is actually a Real Networks link and will require the RealPlayer and pretty good bandwidth (DSL or Cable) to view it.
Japanese Garden Forum - sponsored by GardenWeb.Com
Japanese Gardens in the UK and Ireland - This searchable database will help you find Japanese gardens, both large and small, all over the UK and Ireland.
The web site grew out of one of the official projects for Japan 2001, a year-long celebration of cultural ties between the UK and Japan. It was originally hosted on the Japan Society website, but has now moved to its permanent home at Japan Interface.
The Gardens of Tokyo - Photographs by Tim Porter of classical gardens in Tokyo.
The Virtual Japanese Garden - Digital slide shows of various garden sites in Japan
ThinkQuest Team C0125521 - ThinkQuest claims to be the largest and fastest growing Internet-based, non-profit education program in the world. This team has put together a section on Parks and Gardens that includes an overview of the history of Japanese gardens.
Zen Gardens in Dutch - F.M. Ribot has put together a page on Zen gardens in Dutch.
Hereford and District Koi Club - Hereford and District Koi Club is a non-profit educational organisation that supports the growth of the Koi hobby in Hereford (UK) and the surrounding areas.
Accomodating Asia - traveller's exchange
Asian Rare Books - Stephen Feldman at Asian Rare Books in New York City encourages you to browse their web site and stop in (by appt.) They always have some out-of-print titles on Japanese and Chinese gardens as well as architecture, etc. In business 25 years.
Castles of Japan -
Cultural Botany Course Materials, Centralia College - A whole unit of a course on Chinese and Japanese gardens.
eLanguage School - Learn to Speak Japanese Online -
Garden Design Games - A fun site with some Flash games that allow you to design your own simple garden, take a garden knowledge quiz or solve a puzzle.
Great British Gardens - Site with details on the finest British gardens including a few that are Japanese-inspired.
Green Tea Lovers - The tastiest green tea is also the healthiest -- if you start of with the freshest leaves. Try their fine Japanese green tea either loose or in teabags. They have organic & caffeine-free and green tea blends as well.
Japanese Art Index - maintained by Nixi Cura at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Japanese Guest Houses - Reserve a room at a Japanese Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) anywhere in Japan.
Japanese Lifestyle - This Australian site features articles on various aspects of Japanese culture.
Japanese Text Initiative - The University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library are pleased to sponsor the Japanese Text Initiative, a collaborative effort to make texts of classical Japanese literature available on the World Wide Web. The initiative has already put the Kokinshu, Manyoshu, Ise Monogatari, Genji Monogatari, Makura no soshi, Kagero nikki, Hojoki, Heike Monogatari, and works by Saigyo, Basho, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Saikaku, Buson and many others.
Kamakura Print Collection - A selection of prints that highlight landscapes in the Kamakura area is available as well as a map of Kamakura area temples.
Koi/Water Garden paintings of Robert J. Conway - This website is a digital gallery of the Koi/Water Garden paintings by NYC area artist Robert J. Conway. Canvas prints for sale.
Kyoto Craftsman Guest House - The Kyoto Craftsman Guest House features a unique blend of art, tradition and efficiency. The guest house was rebuilt from part of the Kyoto Craftsman Factory, a producer of Nishijin kimonos. It is surrounded by several well-known temples, gardens and craft sites.
Kyoto Hostel Tour Club - Recommended in Lonely Planet, this ryokan-style guesthouse is just a few minutes from Kyoto station.
Kyoto Mitate - A non-profit organization established to nurture the architectural, cultural, and natural heritage of Kyoto
Kyoto Ryokan Budget Inn - Recommended in Lonely Planet, this ryokan-style guesthouse is just a few minutes from Kyoto station.
Michi Online - Michi Online is a gathering place for everyone interested in the cultural arts of Japan. It is both an electronic journal and a collection of online resources for the Japanese arts community.
Nihontô: The Japanese Sword - Provides Information about identifying Japanese swords and reading the inscriptions on them
Plum Mountain - A contemplative design resource with workshops, publications, and events sponsored by Martin Mosko and Marpa Associates.
Scott Robertson's Koto no Koto - Koto no Koto means "Koto Things" or "Koto Stuff" in Japanese. A better translation might be "All About the Koto." This website is all about the Japanese instrument called a koto and the music that is made with kotos and accompanying instruments.
Shakuhachi.com - This has to be the most impressive site out there on the music of Japan, though this is specifically focused on the Shakuhachi. But of relevance to JGarden visitors is the Bamboo Resources page of links.
Tea Hyakka - A group of people in London and in New York who are interested in Japanese tea ceremony. Their goal is to introduce Japanese culture through 'Chanoyu' on a bilingual web site which is updated quarterly. Web site includes a list of classes outside japan, links, a history or tea and other material.
TheJapanPage.com - The official web site for Kodansha International documenting the best in Japanese culture, including Language, Martial Arts, Home & Gardens, Hobbies, Travel, Cooking, Art and Literature
Urasenke Seattle - Chado, the Way of Tea, provides a gateway to the artistic and spiritual traditions of Japan first introduced in America in the famous "Book of Tea," by 19th c. critic, curator, and historian Okakura Tenshin. Urasenke Seattle is an official branch of the Urasenke Tea Foundation in Kyoto.
William Corey: Photographs of Japanese Gardens - Mr. Corey is a talented and experienced photographer of Japanese gardens, having worked in Japan since 1974. He is the only western photographer ever invited to photograph the Imperial Gardens in Kyoto. His hand-crafted work with the early 20th century vintage 8x20 Korona Panoramic View camera is of the highest quality and has been exhibited and reviewed around the world.
George's Japanese Garden - A series of photos of George Nesfield's Japanese garden.
Muriel van Lith's Japanese Garden in the Netherlands - The link is for an English version of the web site, but it can also be found in Italian at http://spazioinwind.libero.it/spaziowind/.
Sam Whiskey's Fujiyama Japanese Garden - Encompassing about 3/4 of a acre it consists of a Dry Garden, Tea Garden, Stroll Garden, and Water and Rock Garden.
A planting of Japanese Maples, bamboos, grasses, ferns, Ginko Biloba, Hinoki Cypress,a giant Gunnera, some tree ferns from Tasmania (dickonsonia), Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and many native species add up to an interesting and indeed spectacular garden.
Tim Hillebrand's Japanese Garden -
BotanyWorld - The site provides information regarding the general description of the plants, the various methods of cultivation, such as indoor or outdoor planting, soil and temperature requirements, pruning, and other important details, the means of propagation (seeds, cuttings, division, etc.), and the different varieties and hybrids.
The directory of plants includes, annuals, bulbs, cactus and succulents, fruit, grass, water plants, herbs and spices, houseplants, perennials, shrubs and bushes, trees, vegetables, vines and crawlers.
The site also includes a zone map, a dictionary of botanical words, and a section on pests and diseases.
Japan's Official Flowers and Trees - Official flower and tree for each Japanese prefecture