Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Historical Heritage

THE JAPANESE GARDEN Intensive Seminar Plus in Kyoto


Research Center for Japanese Garden Art & Historical Heritage

2-116 Uryu-yama, Kita-shirakawa,
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8271 JAPAN

It takes about 1 week for the replay. This e-mail address is for the questions about the intensive seminar only. Any questions regarding your stay in Kyoto, please ask your selected hotel directly.

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Tentative Schedule

* The schedule may be subject to change.

1. Shrine Gardens and Japanese Nature

Monday, October 2

Morning: Registration & Orientation, Japanese tea ceremony ( tea and lunch )
Afternoon: Visit Kyoto Kamigamo Shrine, Nishimura Shinto Priests' Houses

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2. Zen, Tea Culture, and Gardens

Thursday, October 3

Morning: Introductory Lectures on the Japanese Garden
Afternoon: Visit the gardens of Daitoku-ji, Zen monastery.

3. Dry Landscape and the Pond Garden

Wednesday, October 4

Morning: Lectures on the Materials and Construction,History of Japanese Architecture,
Afternoon: Visit the Ryoan-ji and Kinkaku-ji

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Thursday, October 5 Garden Visits

Visit your choice of famous Kyoto gardens, or visit Tenryu-ji and Daigo-ji ,Byodo-in with our Garden Visit List.

4. Garden Maintenance in Imperial Gardens

Friday, October 6

Morning: Visit Shuusuitei, Kyoto Imperial Palace
Afternoon: Work experience of trimming shrubs and hedges in a garden of an imperial family with an on-site lecture on the imperial gardens.

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5. Garden Maintenance in Zen temples

Saturday, October 7

Morning and Afternoon: On-site lectures on Zen temples gardens and hands-on practice in pruning for balanced maintenance in a historical garden in the Nanzen-ji monastery compound

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6. The Japanese Garden In-depth International Symposium

Sunday, October 8

The Japanese Garden's Universal Meaning (tentative)

Speakers (tentative): Amasaki, Kuitert, Naka, and Guest Speakers from Inside and Outside of Japan

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7. Contemporary Landscape and Ancient Garden Heritage

Monday, October 9

All day excursion to Nara; Archetypical gardens, Joruri Temple, Keihanna Park. Visit restoration sites of ancient gardens, and learn the theory and methods of the restoration. We also visit some examples of the contemporary gardens, and discuss their future possibilities.

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Tuesday, October 10

Free time all day

8. Modern Gardens and Stone Artifacts

Wednesday, October 11

Morning: Visit Murin-an and Namikawa's garden by Ogawa Jihei
Murin-an is one of the first modern Japanese gardens in Kyoto, and Namikawa's garden is a garden for a famous Shippo artist whose works were exhibited and highly appreciated in the Paris World Exposition during Meiji Period. Both gardens were built by Jihei Ogawa.
Afternoon: Visit a stone cutter's workshop

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9. Strolling Gardens and Ecological Management

Wednesday, October 12

Morning: Visit Shosei-en and on-site lecture. Demonstration of maintenance techniques of planting designs
Afternoon: Lectures on Japanese Gardens Outside of Japan International colloquium

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10. Nature as a Source of New Expressions

Friday, October 13

All day garden making workshop, deep in the Japanese moutains at Ashu.

Saturday, October 14

Return to Kyoto and a Closing Ceremony

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