National Identity at Arakawa and Gins' Site of Reversible Destiny

University of Queensland Press
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Journal Article
Fabrications, 2002, 12 (2), pp. 19 - 34
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This paper examines the manipulation of forms of the traditional Japanese stroll garden at Site of Reversible Destiny, a tourist park designed by the New Yorkbased collaborators Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins. Landscape and its representations are central to the construction of national identity in Japan since the cultural distinctiveness of the Japanese people has been argued to rest on their unique relationship to nature and the countrys idiosyncratic geography. The stroll garden of the larger estates and palaces of the Edo period (16151867) developed out of earlier temple gardens and most public parks in contemporary Japan are in the grounds of these historic sites or reproduce their forms.
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