The translation of Japanese gardens from their origins to New Zealand.
Thesis DisciplineArt History
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis examines the connections between Japanese gardens, Modernism and Japanese-inspired gardens in New Zealand. The link between traditional Japanese gardens and Modernism is a familiar theme for scholars of architecture, design and landscape architecture. A less considered route of scholarship is the relationship between historical Japanese garden designs, Modernist-inspired gardens in Japan, and New Zealand garden design. A historical foundation provides a base on which to analyse any later changes or transmissions. By analysing the history of Japanese gardens and Modernism, through select key figures, one can also grasp their complexities and outline wider trends. Connecting these somewhat divergent entities is important due to the fact that these gardens represent a myriad of global translations. They represent the modernisation and globalisation of Japan and New Zealand as well as trends in New Zealand‟s artistic and cultural community. The success of the translation of Japanese traditions into New Zealand was due to, in part, the production of a regional idiom. New Zealand‟s Japanese-inspired gardens represent the integration of Japanese and New Zealand traditions, materials and ideas. The result is a hybrid garden, a garden which forms its own specific regional peculiarities which symbolises the many connections between Japan and New Zealand.