21 Century Garden Art – The ZEN Gardens of Shunmyo Masuno


Shunmyo Masuno is one of the most important garden artists of our times. The 50 year old Professor of Garden Design lives in Yokohama, Japan's second largest city. He is an 18th Generation Zen Priest, and the last such priest engaged in garden layout. His gardens are inspired by the great Japanese and Buddhist traditions. Still, the Zen Monk has not withdrawn behind cloister walls. His garden designs can be seen in such metropolitan centers as Tokyo and Yokohama. It is Masuno's intention that these modern, contemporary gardens offer stressed city inhabitants a place of quiet, an oasis for contemplation. For Shunmyo Masuno the layout and positioning of the stones is the decisive act in the creation of a garden.

Filmographic details

Year 2005
Country Japan
Rights Worldwide
Award Best documentary Film Festival Cinéfeuille Gaillac, France 2007
Runtime 26 Min.
Channel Arte / ZDF
Author Christoph Schuch
Camera Rüdiger Kortz
Music Georg Reichelt