Ohashi, whose first book of garden photos was published in 1969, has estimated that there are more than 1,300 gardens of historical significance in Japan. He has shot more of them than any other photographer, and he´s a master at capturing them in different moods and moments -- at sunset, for instance, or dappled with snow in winter.
¨Art of Asia: Focus on Japan¨ is rounded out by a case containing a sampling of Japanese children´s toys made of papier-mché and string. Purchased in 1976 in Okinawa, they´re from the personal collection of Coral Springs Museum Executive Director Barbara K. O´Keefe and add a nice touch to this satisfying show.
As I mentioned earlier, most of the items in this exhibition are on loan from the Morikami Museum. It is an exquisite place that I have visited regularly for nearly 20 years, and I am constantly amazed at how many South Floridians, even those who have heard of it, have never been there. Aside from its many other charms, it offers a rare opportunity to see and walk through the kinds of gardens that are the subjects of Ohashi´s lovely photographs.