Photographies de Christian Lichtenberg et textes de Christian Tschumi pour cette monographie d'un paysagiste considéré comme un rebelle par ses pairs. C'est nourri de la tradition japonaise que Mirei Shigemori a alimenté le renouveau des jardins en 242 réalisations. Il a ainsi marqué profondément de son œil de peintre la conception du paysage.
Mirei Shigemori decisively shaped the development of Japanese landscape architecture in the twentieth century. Active beginning in the 1920s, he founded the Kyoto Garden Society in 1932 and published the twenty-six-volume Illustrated Book on the History of the Japanese Garden in 1938. One year later he designed his own first masterwork, the garden of the main hall of Tfuku-ji Temple. Between then and his death in 1975, he went on to design 240 gardens throughout Japan. Among the most famous are the Tenrai-an tea garden (1969) and the Matsuo Taisha garden (1975). All of his gardens are distinguished by the fact that they honor tradition while at the same timethrough their openness to Western modernitythey free themselves from its weight and develop a language of their own. The first part of the book will deal with Shigemoris life and influences, including his interest in ikebana and tea ceremonies. The second part will offer detailed presentations of some seventeen different gardens.