Japanese Gardening Organization
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The Japanese Gardening Organization proudly presents:
A JAPANESE GARDEN HANDBOOK - Volumes II through V
Current supporters of JGO at the $100 or more now have advanced access to the entire “A Japanese Garden Handbook” online. The additional eleven chapters of Part II are available immediately, and the remaining volumes are being posted over the next few weeks. If you have supported JGO at the $100 level or higher, please contact us for immediate access. If you wish to contribute at this level and access the complete handbook, contact us at email@example.com.
Although the shear volume and photography in this work made a printed version too costly, this format keeps with the ultimate goal of a Japanese garden ‘WIKI’ - a dynamic and ever-evolving resource like no other. This is a wonderful development and certainly a fitting application of Andrew’s work. And with this WIKI format, we hope to see members submit more content and additions to be considered.
- Part Two: Essential Elements (laying out the use of the elemental materials of a Japanese garden: Stone, water, & plantings)
- Part Three: Ancillary Elements (elements that make a garden peculiarly Japanese: Paths, bridges, lanterns, water basins, & stone towers; architecture, gates, walls, fences & borrowed scenery)
- Part Four: Culture and Context (covering religious, philosophical, geomantic & cultural influences)
- Part Five: Historical Canvas (providing a brief but useful historical overview)
A JAPANESE GARDEN HANDBOOK
by Andrew R. Deane
PART ONE: DESIGN & CRAFT is the first of 5 parts in this comprehensive work on Japanese Gardens. Here we explore the aesthetics, artistic principles, garden types, designers, builders, and the transference of this knowledge. JGO will be presenting the remaining parts as discussion topics in both dynamic online formats (see WIKI in the link below) and live interactive events. See Part One below:
Imagine that someone has wiped clean the pattern in the gravel at Ryoanji and handed you the rake with the instructions, “Make whatever pattern you think best.” What pattern would you rake? What patterns wouldn’t you dare to rake, and why not? What would you do in this situation?
In Part II of the treatise on raking the sands of karesansui, Martin McKellar and Andrew R. Deane describe a journey of discovery, both personal and professional, in pursuit of understanding the meaning and methods of raking the sands of karesansui.
JGO welcomes submissions of articles and essays for consideration. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also the article on a private Japanese garden under
the FEATURE PROJECT tab.
The Portland Japanese Garden’s new International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture
This is a new educational initiative at the garden, launching in 2017. The Institute teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance. Here is information about the 2017 Waza to Kokoro training seminar:
2017 Seminar Information 1
ABOUT THE SEMINAR
This 12-day event is the first seminar of the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture and is part of the three-level Waza to Kokoro training program.
Preliminary dates: August 25-September 5, 2017
Application deadline: Dec. 30, 2016
Content: Design module, garden history lectures, stone workshop, tea sessions and garden clinic
Level and requirements for participation: Intermediate
Capacity: 16 participants
Instructors: Garden staff, visiting garden artisans from Japan, visiting U.S. academics
Who can apply: Primarily professionals from Japanese gardens, but application is also open to experienced landscape professionals as well as students of landscape-related disciplines
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
The International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance. The Institute provides instruction to help meet design, construction and maintenance needs of Japanese gardens serving communities across North America, with a low student-teacher ratio that allows for individual consultation. The three-tier Waza to Kokoro training program is the Institute’s main program, but the Institute also hosts short master-level workshops, public lectures by prominent writers and lecturers, and other programs.
December 11, 2016:
Japanese Gardening Forum membership reaches 1000 members worldwide!
Southern California Workshop & Garden Tour
January 14 and 15, 2017 | Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
Southern California is home to a number of outstanding Japanese gardens that pays homage to the rich history of Japanese - American cultural presence in the area while honoring California’s native landscape, horticultural legacy and ethos of innovation, sustainability and love of the outdoors. The North American Japanese Garden Association, in cooperation with Descanso Gardens, explores the Japanese garden experience in Southern California in a two-day regional event featuring hands-on workshops, an exhibition, lectures on horticulture and history and expert-led tours of five Asian gardens.
Descanso Gardens, just northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is celebrating the 50th year of its Japanese garden. Descanso is embracing the garden’s evolving form, its identity as a focal point for a multi-cultural community and its role in inspiring new artistic creation. For lovers of camellia, a familiar plant in the Japanese garden, Descanso is home to the largest camellia collection in North America.
The Japanese garden at the nearby Huntington boasts a history over 100 years as well as a legacy of evolution and renovation seen in its restored Japanese House and a new tea garden. Two other large gardens in the area — the SuiHoen (Garden of Water and Fragrance) in Van Nuys and the Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena — illustrate how Japanese gardens can demonstrate the sustainable use of water in even an arid climate. All of these gardens feature exceptional garden architecture that makes use of Southern California’s year-round warmth and indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Happening two weeks after the famous Rose Parade draws throngs to the area, this event provides participants an opportunity to enjoy Southern California climate at its best. Registration and info here: http://najga.org/
For more events and opportunities, see
Japanese Gardening Organization’s CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Events & Education
Learn how to work with bamboo, prune pines, or build a Japanese garden in events around the world in the events calendar and via discussions in the Japanese gardening forums.
Building a library or just researching how to build your dry landscape? Search books and publications on Japanese gardening here. You can also find reviews on Japanese gardening books and purchase them with a percentage going to support JGO at no addition cost!
Chaji - A Formal Tea Ceremony
A wonderful five part series on the “Way of Tea” by Elliot Mitchnick, Associate Professor of Urasenke, the 400 year old tradition of Tea headquartered in Kyoto, Japan is presented in Chaji, A Formal Tea Ceremony. (If you have Japanese enabled on your browser, you will see most tea terms with their kanji. In addition, most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.)
The essential relationship between architecture and garden is discussed in Ka-tei, Japanese Architecture, Japanese Garden. Japanese carpenter, Chris Hall, gives an overview of the relationships between house and garden in traditional Japanese residential architecture. (If you have Japanese enabled on your browser, you will see most terms with their kanji, and most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.)
A profile of a sister city garden, Kumamoto En Japanese Garden, created in partnership with Japanese designers and craftsmen and US craftsmen. This is a detailed walking tour with the names and descriptions of the garden features linked to definitions, English, Romaji, and Kanji names as well.
In his article, Japanese Gardens: Notes on Perspectives, Perceptions & Synthesis, Andrew R. Deane shares his thoughts on how to “see” a Japanese Garden.
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The Japanese Gardening Organization (JGO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization spreading the benefits of Japanese gardening for individuals, groups, communities, and society. JGO provides educational resources to foster the exchange of culture, knowledge, appreciation and application of Japanese gardening, striving for the highest level of accurate information and resources for Japanese gardening. This organization is supported completely by donations. Your gifts are tax deductible.