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Ja­panese Zen Gar­dens by Yoko Kawaguchi (Frances Lin­coln, $32.99) Those who have mar­velled at the per­fec­tion and re­straint of tra­di­tional Ja­panese gar­dens — with their raked stones and plants in minia­ture — will love this book, which of­fers in­sight into their de­sign and the in­flu­ence of Zen Bud­dhist phi­los­o­phy. Beau­ti­fully pho­tographed, it in­cludes gar­dens lo­cated within Bud­dhist tem­ples, mak­ing it a handy travel guide of sorts for those look­ing to ex­plore this very dis­tinct as­pect of Ja­panese cul­ture.

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