Inspiration

Pleasure Garden

Founded by gardener John Tebbs, Pleasure Garden is one of our favorite magazines.
Taking inspiration from the pleasure gardens of 18th century London the magazine engages its public with an array of attractions – ranging from the past to the present, the sedate to the salacious. They step away from the practicalities of the garden instead of placing it within a wider cultural context. The pleasure garden was always a place to escape to – a fantasy in a garden, filled with art, music, fashion, society, and sex. It is this mix that the editors’ transport to the printed pages of Pleasure Garden.
The sixth issue of the magazine is dedicated to the land of the rising sun. The icon Isamu Noguchi is a man who represents much of the dialogue between Japan and the West through the twentieth century. Within his work the magazine found an inspired mixture of cultures – Hiromi Matsugi looks deeper into this in Beyond Borders. They also delve into the playful side of Noguchi’s work in The Landscape of Play with words by Vincent Romagny and Moerenuma Park in Hokkaido photographed by Sebastian Sabal-Bruce.
Oliva Meehan looks at the opening up of Japan in the late nineteenth century in Some Japanese Flowers and Trees for the imagination and Anne Koval also reflects on the Japonisme influencing the artist Whistler’s work in Nocturne.
Amy Merrick talks to her first Ikebana teacher Watarai Toru about nature, balance and his inspiring relationship with flowers. Also in our largest ‘Flowers’ section Danielle Demetriou uncovers the fascinating story of Katagiri Atsunobu and the Chrysanthemum comes under the spotlight in Observance for Late Autumn.
They also explore Kyoto and its hidden side with Amy Merrick, photographs by Jeff Boudreau and talk tea with Christian Smith. Dan Pearson shares his thoughts on a personal connection to Japan, its influence and resonance.
With photography from Lena C. Emery, Josh Olins, Suffo Moncloa, and Yoshiyuki Matsumura, this issue takes us to Japan through many different impressions of a land that continues to inspire our imagination.

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