Japanese Gardening Organization
Members of Japanese Gardening Organization now have access to this complete encyclopedic work online. For more information or to subscribe, please visit https://japanesegardening.org/handbook/register . With 5 volumes, 48 chapters and thousands of pages, along with hundreds of high quality photographs in this work, a printed version was too costly. This digital 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. For questions, contact JGO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
See also the article on a private Japanese garden under
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Waza to Kokoro (Hands and Heart) is the main program of the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center. It is a certificate program consisting of three intensive training seminars, combining hands-on technical learning with cultural instruction and theoretical knowledge.
Registration now open for the 2018 seminar series –
Waza to Kokoro (Hands and Heart) is the main program of the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center. It is a certificate program consisting of three intensive training seminars, combining hands-on technical learning with cultural instruction and theoretical knowledge. Waza to Kokoro is designed to help Japanese gardens serving communities across North America to find authentic, locally-appropriate solutions in design, construction, maintenance, and preservation. Admission is also open to landscape design and construction professionals and students of landscape-related disciplines. This seminar, offered in 2018 at the beginner and intermediate levels, focuses on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea – an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.
Professionals working at Japanese gardens open to the public receive a significant discount from the course tuition. For more information or to apply, go to: https://japanesegarden.org/thecenter/waza-kokoro-seminar/
To see a video with highlights of previous seminars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t012eXZKXgA&t=131s
Image by Jonathan Ley.
For more events and opportunities, see
Japanese Gardening Organization’s CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Events & Education
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.