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What Does “Zen Garden” Refer To?
The karesansui 枯山水, or dry landscape garden is the most widely known and most celebrated of Japan’s gardening styles, and it invariably forms a part of the stereotypical image that most people associate with Zen Buddhism and the temples of Kyoto. In essence, the dry landscape garden is a symbolic representation of mountains and water using rocks, sand, gravel, and moss. Learn more in The Japanese Garden Handbook, Chapter 5: The Dry Landscape Garden.
Views of the magnificent kare-ike at Senshūkaku-teien (Kyū-Tokushima-jō-omote-goten-teien), Tokushima, Shikoku. (Photo by Andrew R. Deane)
NAJGA Midwest Regional - Anderson Japanese Gardens
August 15 - 17: Kokoro and the Gardener: Health for Spirit, Body, and Community
A healthy garden begins with a gardener healthy in both spirit (kokoro) and body. In return, a well-tended garden nourishes the gardener as well as the larger community. Japanese-style gardens are ideal environments for integrating physical and mental health. There is likely no place better to learn techniques for fostering the gardener’s mind and body than the spectacular Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. Created slowly over 40 years to delight the senses and nourish the soul, Anderson Japanese Gardens now features impressive programs in wellness and Japanese culture. Led by Kimiko Gunji, lauded professor of Japanese art and culture at the University of Illinois, and Tim Gruner, Anderson Japanese Garden’s long-time curator, this regional event includes demonstrations and talks by 7 other specialists in physical wellness, Japanese culture, and Japanese garden creation and fostering.
Join us August 15th through 17th for full days of programming followed by an optional add-on workshop the 18th and 19th! For more information and registration, see https://najga.org/events/ .
For more events and opportunities, see
Japanese Gardening Organization’s CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Japanese Gardens in the News:
C-SPAN: The History of Portland Japanese Garden- 7:33
Posted by Portland Japanese Garden, February 12, 2019
Portland Japanese Garden CEO, Steve Bloom, discusses the history and mission of the Garden in the YouTube video below.
GardenSMART TV: Gibbs Garden- 27:22
Posted February 20, 2019
GardenSMART visits the spectacular Gibbs Gardens in Georgia where they discuss Fall in the garden with Jim Gibbs. See more in the YouTube video below.
by Professor Elliot Mitchnick
A detailed, 5-part account of a formal Japanese tea ceremony by Elliot Mitchnick, who holds the rank of Junkyoju (Associate Professorship) of Urasenke, the 400 year old tradition of Tea headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. The articles feature tea terms along with their kanji. In addition, most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.
“Our tea will be a standard tea called Shogochaji 正午茶事 , a noon tea. It is October. The days are beginning to become colder and the leaves are starting to change. The Host decides to host a formal tea… “
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Japanese Gardening Organization, Intl. would like to thank Board Member, Michael Roybal, for providing years of continuous Facebook posts on Japanese garden news, projects and events worldwide. Join the thousands in following JGO on Facebook and take advantage of Michael’s work to bring us interesting and beautiful Japanese gardening posts.
The Japanese Garden Handbook
Andrew R. Deane
Members of Japanese Gardening Organization now have access to this complete encyclopedic work online. For more information, 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. With a WIKI format, we hope to see members submit additions to be considered.
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.
CAN YOU HELP?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.