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Landscape Gardener Ogawa Jihei and His Times

Landscape Gardener Ogawa Jihei and His Times

A Profile of Modern Japan

Suzuki Hiroyuki
Translated by Hart Larrabee



Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-86658-019-7 | 272 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2018

About the Book

Securing the generous support of the politicians and industrialists who propelled Japan’s modernization, Ogawa Jihei VII created many outstanding gardens at the end of the nineteenth and the first few decades of the twentieth century. Expressing a Japanese aesthetic even while incorporating modern techniques, his methodology reveals the nature of modernization as Japan experienced it. With a keen eye for architecture, author Suzuki Hiroyuki takes a long-awaited look at modernization and the modern garden. Awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan’s Annual Prize for Publication in 2014.

“The people who sustained Japanese-style culture from the Meiji through early Showa periods overlap neatly with those who drove Japan’s modernization during that same period. Since those who sustain culture in any given period of time are inevitably those who sustain the state, this may seem utterly unsurprising. The point I wish to make, though, is that the Japanese-style culture they sustained was a modern Japanese culture that functioned as a greatest common denominator, and that Ogawa Jihei was the landscape gardener who stood at its center.”

(From Chapter 2)

About the Author

SUZUKI Hiroyuki

Born in Tokyo in 1945, Suzuki completed the doctoral course at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering in 1974 and was later awarded the Doctor of Engineering degree. After studying overseas at the University of London Courtauld Institute of Art and working as a full-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering, in 1990 he began working as a professor at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering. After retiring from this position, he was named professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. In April 2009 he began working as a professor at the Aoyama Gakuin University School of Cultural and Creative Studies. In April 2010 he was appointed drector of the Museum Meiji-mura, a position he held until his death in Tokyo in 2014.

Publications include: Tōkyō no geniusu roki [Genius loci in Tokyo] (Bungei Shunjū, 1990, Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities); Vikutorian goshikku no hōkai [The collapse of Victorian Gothic] (Chūōkōron Bijutsu Shuppan, 1999, Society of Architectural Historians of Japan Prize); Toshi no kanashimi [The sadness of cities] (Chūōkōron-Shinsha, 2007); and Kenchiku: Mirai e no isan [Architecture: A legacy for the future] (A posthumous collection of manuscripts edited by Itō Takeshi, University of Tokyo Press, 2017).


"The book under review actually appeared in Japanese in 2013. Alongside Shirahata's (2016) Daimyō Gardens, which extends to Ogawa as a modern heir of daimyō garden culture, and Wybe Kuitert's (2017) excellent new book Japanese Gardens and Landscapes, 1650–1950, this new English translation brings Ogawa to the attention of a Western readership. In the context of these publications, Suzuki stands out for offering a broad socio-economic vision and drawing fascinating connections between gardening and the emergence of modern Japan. Apart from being eminently knowledgeable, his account clearly benefits from an outstanding architectural competence and an understanding of social changes in the late 19th century."

Christian Tagsold, June 24, 2019

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Contemporary Japan







1945年,東京都生まれ.1974年,東京大学工学系大学院博士課程修了.工学博士.ロンドン大学コートゥールド美術史研究所留学,東京大学工学部専任講師を経て,1990年より東京大学大学院工学系研究科教授.2009年より青山学院大学総合文化政策学部教授.東京大学名誉教授. 2014年東京にて卒去.

主著:『東京の[地霊]』(文藝春秋,1990年,サントリー学芸賞),『ヴィクトリアン・ゴシックの崩壊』(中央公論美術出版,1996年),『都市へ』(中央公論新社,1999年,建築史学会賞),『都市のかなしみ』(中央公論新社,2003年),『建築の遺伝子』(王国社,2007年),『庭師 小川治兵衛とその時代』(東京大学出版会,2013年),『建築 未来への遺産』(伊藤毅編[遺稿集],東京大学出版会,2017年)ほか多数.






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Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報

庭師 小川治兵衛とその時代

庭師 小川治兵衛とその時代

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