Shunmyo Masuno Yukyu En Hofu City Crematorium
Yukyu En Hofu City Crematorium is Platinum Design Award winner in 2016 - 2017 Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Category.
Yukyu En Hofu City Crematorium

“Yukyu En”, Garden of Eternity, consists of six gardens. Each plays a unique role in the process of saying goodbye to a loved one. The main garden is a modern kare-sansui viewing garden named “Tabidachi no iwa”, Garden for Setting Off on a Journey. The front part represents the present life, while the rare part, which features a single tree among the rocks and gravels, is the afterlife. The white sand that connects two parts represents the mythical river, where the dead move to the afterlife. Another garden, which reflects the changing sky in the pool, reminds the transience of life.

Yukyu En Hofu City Crematorium
Shunmyo Masuno Yukyu En
Shunmyo Masuno Hofu City Crematorium
Shunmyo Masuno design
Shunmyo Masuno design
Shunmyo Masuno

Shunmyo Masuno, born in 1953 in Tsurumi-ku Yokohama city, is one of the world’s preeminent Japanese garden designers, a landscape architect, a professor at Tama Art University and an eighteenth-generation Zen priest at the Kenko-ji Temple in Yokohama. In 2001 he was appointed Head priest of Kenko-ji Temple. Renowned for his ability to blend modern design with traditional Japanese design, Shunmyo Masuno has established gardens around the world -traditional and contemporary, urban and rural, public and private - in a wide variety of settings that include temple, office, hotel, and campus venues. Masunos overriding philosophy is that “the garden is a special spiritual place in which the mind dwells.” As a designer, his spiritual code guides all his works. For Masuno there is a difference between western ideals of beauty and the Japanese concept of beauty. Western beauty, for the most part, is focused on symmetry and perfection. This “completion” prevents the viewer from imagining anything else but what they see. The Japanese concept of beauty focuses on asymmetry, and imperfection/ incompletion. The imperfection is where the soul of the artist is expressed and identifiable. His zen garden is intended to be viewed from specific viewpoints, to calm the mind and soul. As Masuno says, “You gaze upon the garden as though it is a picture.” It is a tool of concentration. The another intention of the zen garden is to create “natural scenery,” a miniaturized version of the world, where one contemplates your place in the earth. The contrasts in the garden is designed to contain “emptiness” and its that emptiness that gives the garden its meaning, and allows the mind to dwell in the space. With that emptiness, an element of tension is introduced, and that tension focuses the mind.

Shunmyo Masuno

Japan Landscape Consultants is a design firm created by Shunmyo Masuno, who as a representative spatial designer of Japan is a professor in the department of environmental design at Tama Art University and the head priest of Kenkohji Temple. The business is concentrated on spatial design, both exterior and interior, and design supervision. What makes Shunmyo Masuno’s works special is that he inputs his thinking of expressing the heart of Japan by gardens, which comes from the practice of Zen, in his design. His works are expanding from the domestic to the oversea. On creating gardens, without the construction team, each time he instructs the workers at the site to accomplish the work. Moreover, his works are not limited by traditional atheistic and create modern atheistic of Japanese gardens, which matches present urban and architectural space. By doing that, he leads people to re-discover Japanese culture in the modern society.