Sukiya Living Magazine (JOJG) Issue #77

September/October 2010


COVER PHOTO: Parramore Home in Mountain View, California.  Here's an opening shot of the exciting indoor-outdoor sukiya living project by Lisa Parramore.

PUBLISHER'S ESSAY: Don't Give Up.  Recently JOJG has been publishing articles about the perfect home for sukiya living.  Are you concerned that your home doesn't measure up?  Don't be discouraged.  Here's why.

VIEWPOINTS: Rustic Carpentry.  Essays by Len Brackett, Toshihiro Sahara, Peter Wechsler, Lisa Parramore, Richard Winchester, Craig Klucina, and Tamao Goda.  Here is what some Japanese carpentry experts had to say when we asked them, "What do you think about the term 'rustic?'  Is there a better term?  How do you describe sukiya-style carpentry?"

SUKIYA LIVING INTERIORS: A New Glass Wall, by Lisa Parramore.  This project involved removing an entire wall of the house and replacing it with folding glass doors made by NanaWall.  Do you want to renovate and upgrade your house?  This article will give you some ideas.

GARDEN LAYOUT & PLANNING: The Suburban Yard.  Suburban homes and yards present unique problems when combined with the Japanese aesthetic.  For example, suburban yards usually lack enclosure, they're often too large, and they inevitably face the street.  This article suggests various solutions, including an "inside garden, outside yard" prototype.

PATHS & BRIDGES: Sawatari: Stepping-stone Paths Over Water.  Westerners are familiar with the famous stepping stone paths seen in the gardens of Japan.  Some of those paths extend over the water and across streams in a particularly charming arrangement.  This article explains details about how those "sawatari" paths are constructed and when they can, and can not, be employed.

HORTICULTURE: Specimen Pines, by Asher Browne.  This long article reviews the role of specimen pines in Japanese gardens.  Information is presented regarding plant selection, positioning, maintenance, and other details.

BASIC PRUNING: Inner Shrub Beauty.  This article discusses techniques used to prune overgrown shrubs and groups of neglected shrubs that have grown into each other.  The article's sub-title is "Find the Hidden Shape and Avoid the Slot Effect."

JAPANESE GARDEN RESEARCH: 2010 Shiosai Rankings.  Each year JOJG reviews all of public homes and gardens in Japan and ranks them based on quality.  This article announced the results of the 2010 survey.  This year's winner, The Adachi Museum of Art, can rightfully claim to be the very best garden in Japan and possibly the world.  Read this article to learn about the top 50 sites.

LETTERS, Q&A: Our Apologies...  Some copies of JOJG #76 were misassembled.  Here's how to get a replacement copy.  Other questions in this section involve timberframe construction, arched stone bridges, old stone wells as garden elements, the most popular azalea in Japan, and, believe it or not, the possibility that you might someday see a pink flamingo statue in a Japanese garden.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: The latest news and events that you can attend.  Want to attend a pruning class that focuses on Japanese pruning techniques?  How about a workshop on Japanese carpentry or a lecture about Japanese interiors?  Check here for listings.

SUKIYA LIVING MARKETPLACE.  Japanese Garden specialists and other professionals.  Information about reaching gardeners, carpenters, stoneyards, merchants, and other sukiya living professionals.

TRAVEL TO JAPAN: JOJG's Kyoto Walking Tour.  Without question, JOJG's walking tour is the best way to see Japan's finest gardens.  Travel to Japan and join us on this special journey!

BACK COVER: "Tenryu-gawa," by Hiroshige.