Leonard Koren

Assuming that the imitations look exactly like the originals in Kyoto, with the same qualities of maintenance and design nuance—which is unlikely—there are important ways in which they differ. What immediately comes to mind is the setting, the context. A pushpi on the wall of a supermarket bulletin board has a completely different meaning from a similar-looking push-pin on the wall of an art gallery. The specific context within which and experience occurs informs the experience. The context for the Kyoto gardens of gravel and sand is complex, multi-layered, and coherent. You are reminded at least six times that you are in the vicinity of the unusual, the well thought out, and the artistic.

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