Title: Japan, a record in colour
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Menpes, Mortimer, 1855-1938 Menpes, Dorothy
Publisher: London : A. & C. Black
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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an out to the merchant whoowned the store, and asked what the little man wasdoing and why he sat there. Hes thinking, saidthe merchant. Yes ; but why must he think on thatbald plot of ground? What is he going to do? Iasked, perplexed. The merchant gazed at me inastonishment, mingled with pity. Dont you know,he said, he is one of our greatest landscape gardeners,and for three days he has been thinking out a gardenfor me ?—If you care to come here in a few days,he added, I will show you the drawings for thatgarden all completed. I came in a few days, and Iwas shown the most exquisite set of drawings it hasever been my good fortune to behold. What a gardenit would be ! There were full-grown trees, stepping-stones, miniature bridges, ponds of goldfish — allpresenting an appearance of vastness, yet in realityoccupying an area the size of a small room. And notonly was the garden itself planned out and designed,but it was also arranged to form a pattern in relation .108 AN IRIS GARDEN la
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The Gardens to the trees and the houses and the surrounding hills.This little old man, without stirring from his box ormaking a single note, had in those three days createdthis garden in his minds eye, and on returning homehad sketched out the final arrangement. The merchanttold me that his garden would be completed in a fewweeks, with full-grown trees flourishing in it, andeverything planted—all but one stone, which in allprobability would be there in a few weeks, while, onthe other hand, it might not be placed there for years.On inquiring as to the reason of this strange delay Iwas told that that one particular stone, though insig-nificant and unnoticeable in our eyes, occupies a veryprominent position, and that upon the proper placingand quality of it the beauty and perfection of a Japanesegarden almost entirely depend. Sometimes hundredsand even thousands of dollars are paid for a large stonethat happens to be rightly proportioned and of the correcttexture of ruggedness to occup
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