"I hope your endeavors are meeting with success.  You deserve it."

Len Brackett, Japan-trained carpenter


Japanese Garden Journal


Gardens in Japan rarely stand alone, separate from a house or building.  They are normally built adjacent to a single-family home, and the house-garden link is one of the hallmarks of the Japanese garden tradition.  Indeed, many experts claim that Japanese gardens ought to be categorized under the field of architecture rather than horticulture, landscape architecture, or art.

Gardens are, in fact, just one part of the Sukiya Living Environment.  Other aspects include interior design, Japanese carpentry, and residential architecture.  A homeowner hoping to install a new Japanese garden is well advised to first look at his or her house, and to make necessary modifications to the house (such as adding windows) before investing in any garden construction.

JOJG publishes at least one article in each issue that is related either to architecture in general or Japanese architecture in particular.  The magazine's architecture-related pieces can be roughly grouped into the following categories:


GENERAL ARCHITECTURE   These articles are general in nature and of interest to anyone involved in building design or building construction.

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE   These articles are specific to building styles and architectural practices found in the nation of Japan.

THE SUKIYA STYLE   This graceful and modest style of building has been Japan's primary style of residential architecture for more than 400 years.

THE HOUSE-GARDEN LINK   One of the hallmarks of the Sukiya Living tradition is the skillful integration between interior and exterior spaces.  These articles describe various techniques for bringing the outside in.

TEAHOUSE ARCHITECTURE   Japan's elegant sukiya style is based upon teahouse architecture.  These articles explain what a teahouse is and how tea houses are constructed.