The Japanese Garden, Humanism, and the Contemporary American Landscape

By Min Lum Mossman.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Among the many public gardens found in the United States, there are specific examples of Japanese-style gardens whose components can be analyzed to surmise their design effects in non-Asian environments. Admittedly, a deeper understanding of these gardens is dependent on cultural background. Their design inspiration was obtained from their transmitted forms from China, then from their evolved forms in Japan. The purpose of this analysis is threefold. Firstly, a compiled listing of their locations and descriptions is a useful tool in identifying them in categories such as: Sister-City Friendship Gardens, parts of botanical gardens, donations from former estates, university research gardens, or parts of libraries, museums, or cultural arts centers. Secondly, the direct or indirect effect the traditional Japanese gardens of antiquity may have had on contemporary Modernist garden design is discussed. Lastly, the humanistic qualities found in Japanese gardens are explored.

Keywords: Japanese Gardens in the U. S., Japanese Garden Design, U. S. Public Japanese Gardens, Japanese Concepts in Modernist Gardens, Sister-City Japanese Friendship Gardens, Japanese Gardens in Botanical Gardens, Japanese Gardens at Universities, Japanese Gardens at Libraries, Japanese Gardens at Museums, Japanese Gardens at Cultural Centers, Public Japanese Gardens, Humanism in Japanese Gardens, List of U. S. Japanese Gardens, Harvard Revolution and Japanese Gardens, California Modernist Garden, Traditional Japanese Garden Design

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.273-300. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.659MB).

Min Lum Mossman

Adjunct Instructor, UM-School of Architecture, FIU-Asian Studies Program, MDC-Architecture Department, MDC-Arts & Philosophy Department, University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida, USA

Min Lum Mossman has done professional work in architecture, landscape design, historic preservation, and museum research. She is ethnically Chinese, of parents who were raised and educated in Mainland China, and has studied and resided in the U.S.A. She has degrees in architecture, music, and a Master of Arts that includes coursework in architectural and landscape history, art history, music, literature, Asian religions and philosophies. Her teaching includes courses in Asian architecture and gardens, Asian history and culture, architecture, landscape design, and humanities at the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and Florida International University's Asian Studies Program. She has presented papers at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (2001), and at the International Conference in Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii (online, 2003). Her paper entitled "Religious and Philosophical Syncretization in Classical Chinese and Japanese Gardens" has been published in the International Journal of the Humanities (Nov. 2009).


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