Themes: Stone Gardens in Japanese Art

    by: Chris Koller

    The sight of a stone garden automatically brings to mind memories of my time in Japan. These stone gardens are beautiful temples to simplicity, peace, balance and meditation. A central part to the Japanese meditative experience, you will find stone gardens as a theme in Japanese art work of all eras, but particularly among those artists who participated in the Sosaku Hanga movement. In this post I explore some of my favorite works around this theme and highlight the artists who created them.

    Stone Garden of Ryonaji Temple Kyoto by Tadashi Nakayama

    Stone Garden by Masao Ido

    Stone Garden Kyoto by Kiyoshi Saito

    Stone Garden by Toshi Yoshida

    Garden in the Moonlight by Ray Morimura

    Stone Garden by Hashimoto Okiie

    Garden Tenryu-ji by Kiyoshi Saito

    Garden by Masao Ido

    Old City Stone Lantern by Hodaka Yoshida

    Stone by Hashimoto Okiie

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