dairi = residential quarters within the imperial palace
dôbôshû = arbiters of taste to medieval military lords (daimyo); often were priests in the Ji sect
domin = peasants in the Heian era that constructed earthworks, including the digging and earth removal necessary for garden construction
dosen = the layout of the pathway between the gate and the front entrance of a building

fude-gaki = literally "sleeve fence"; fences attached to the sides of buildings that resemble the sleeve of a kimono
fukan-bi = bird's eye view; in design terms, it refers to an emphasis on the plan view
funsui = fountain; they did not become an important feature in the gardens of Japan until after the Meiji Restoration (1868); the earliest fountain in Japan was constructed at Kenrokuen in Kanazawa in the late Edo era (1603-1868)
fuzei = tasteful, elegant, refined, artistic, aesthetic
ginshanada = literally "silver sand, open sea; surface of white sand raked in patterns of waves
go-gyo = the five elemental phases of Chinese natural philosophy: earth, wood, fire, metal and water
gokusui(kyokusui) = a curved stream flowing through a garden; in the Heian era (794-1185) banquets were held on the edge of a gokusui. An important part of the event was the composition of tanka poetry; the practice is thought to originate with Wang Xizhi, the Chinese calligapher
gorinto = lit. 'five-circle tower'; gravestones composed of a stack of five stone cylinders or spheres representing earth, water, fire, wind and heaven. go-shintai = lit. 'abode of a deity'; may be an unusual rock, tree, mountain or waterfall
gosho = an Imperial Palace
gôsô = an Edo era term for grandeur
gyoen an imperial garden

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