New book release: Japanese Gardens

New book release: Japanese Gardens

26th May 2022


About the book

Sometimes less is more. That's the case with Japanese Gardens, the new book by tour guide and author, Athol Parks.

The book is a travelogue, and a primer on gardens and gardening in Japan. Twenty years ago, the author lived and worked in a traditional house and garden in Kyushu. That experience is recounted here, along with impressions and insights formed on a more-recent visit to celebrated gardens in Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Colour photographs are a feature of this limited-edition book, which was designed, printed and bound in Dunedin.

Author Athol Parks discussed Japanese Gardens with Kay Mercer in an interview that featured on the 'Recollections Radio' show on Otago Access Radio (105.4fm), April 18, 2022. He also talked about the tours he operates, and his 2021 book Alert Level Four. Here's the link:


Publisher: City Walks

RRP: $60.00

The book may be purchased at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin.

It may also be purchased directly from City Walks. The following link will take you to our contact form : Contact

(postage will be added to any orders coming from outside Dunedin)

Other books by the author

Alert Level Four. For more about this book, see these links:

Alert Level Four book launch

Alert Level Four sells out!

Alert Level Four interview