Sakuteiki (作庭記, literally, Records of Garden Making) is the oldest published Japanese text on garden-making. It was written in the mid-to-late 11th century. Various translations in English and French exist.
Sakuteiki is a record of the styles of gardening in the Heian period. It describes five styles of gardening, including
- Takei, Jiro et al. (2001). Sakuteiki Visions of the Japanese Garden: A Modern Translation of Japan's Gardening Classic, p. 3 n1.
- See the review in English by Wybe Kuitert of various Sakuteiki translations in Western languages: De la Creation des Jardins: Traduction du Sakutei-ki by Michel Vieillard-Baron. in Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 53, No. 2, Summer 1998, Pages 292-294 https://www.jstor.org/stable/2385689
- Tanaka, Tan. (1992). "Early Japanese Horticultural Treatises and Pure Land Buddhist Style: Sakuteki and Its Background in Ancient Japan and China" in Garden History: Issues, Approaches, Methods (John Dixon Hunt, ed.), p. 79.
- Kuitert, Wybe. (2002). Themes in the History of Japanese Garden Art, p. 30-52.
- Takei, p. 162.