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Japanese Horticulture-Origins and History


Tsukamoto and Creech


This year's winner of the Komatsuzaki Horticultural Prize!

The Prize was awarded to the publication “JAPANESE HORTICULTURE Origins and History” (late Dr. Y. Tsukamoto and late Dr. JL Creech, 2015) by Japan Horticultural Society, PIIA, Tokyo, in June, for which WOODS PRESS expresses our deepest gratitude to the Society.  The Society says “The prize-winning book given to the world, as being thoroughly and carefully edited from the incomplete manuscript due to the death of the authors, by the Publishing Committee members is the very highly valuable and important source for universally informing that Japan has a rich vegetation which has historically gathered horticultural interests from the Western world, and why a unique horticulture developed in Japan. ” 

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Published an unfinished co-authored English manuscript by Dr. Tsukamoto (1912-2005), who has led the postwar Japanese horticultural world, and Dr. Kulich (John L. Creech, 1920-2009), who made a great contribution to the American horticultural world. Organized and edited under the committee, with notes by the committee members and more than 200 plates, published ten years after Dr. Tsukamoto's death.

Dr. Creech was enrolled in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after World War II and was the director of The US National Arboretum (1955-1978), six times in Japan for the purpose of exploring resources for ornamental and useful plants. He was one of the leading plant explorers of the latter half of the 20th century, who went on an expedition and was involved in collecting five times himself. His strong interest in Japan is due to the fact that Japanese plants are often used as ornamental landscape plants in the United States, but through Dr. Tsukamoto, who has fostered close friendships for many years, the history and tradition of Japanese garden plants. I also became very interested in it.

This book describes the history of Japanese horticultural plant culture, which developed uniquely during the Edo period, along with consideration of its development factors, and describes its impact on the world (especially the United States). We also mention the American planters who came to Japan from the late Edo period to the Showa period and had a deep interest in Japanese plants, and their roles that have not been widely introduced so far.

This book is deeply backed by the historical fact that Japanese plant culture has contributed to the world and Dr. Kleech's longing for "plants and nature in the archipelago", which even calls Japan a "nation like a national park". It is also a book that reminds many readers, not to mention us living in Japan, a forest country, of the "universal value" of the soft power of a unique culture.

It was written in English for a wide range of readers, but Japanese names are also included in the plant name index, and Japanese is also included in the "Japanese personal names, book names, place names, etc." in the general matter index, which is convenient for Japanese readers. rice field.

[Publishers of this book: Hideaki Ohba, Hideo Imanishi, Toshio Ando, Genichi Mori]

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