Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden and Copley’s Article, “Darkened Lanterns in a Distant Garden”

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Essay #: 066431
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The beginning:
Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden and Copley's Article, "Darkened Lanterns in a Distant Garden”
This paper looks at the
Nitobe
Memorial Japanese Garden and explores it against the backdrop of a review of R.E. Copley’s article entitled, “darkened lanterns in a distant garden.” The paper will subsequently look at the plausibility of his arguments, at whether or not his ideas can be tested, and will ponder whether a meaningful conclusion can be drawn from his theories. As part of exploring the ideas raised by Copley in some detail, the paper will ponder what elements or principles have been adopted within the garden from the Confucian,
Daoist
and Buddhist streams of thought. In the end, I think Copley is right to argue that the garden is shaped...
The end:
.....that celebrated the cosmic significance and symbolism of
Nitobe’s
passing. At the same time, the garden captures our interest in the sense that it does appear as though here lies a garden that has unmistakable strains of
Daoist
, Confucian and Buddhist influences; if the Copley article has one failing, it is that it does not devote any time to really exploring the extent to which Mori’s creation was shaped by these streams of thought. On balance, the article is quite engrossing and the memorial garden is one of those truly beautiful works that stands the test of time and will engross people generations from now.
Works Cited
Copley, R.E. “darkened lanterns in a distant garden.” 279-302. Additional bibliographic information was not available.