Study Day - Japanese Gardens by Yoko Kawaguchi
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Study Day - Japanese Gardens, meaning, history, plants and designers by Yoko Kawaguchi

Yoko Kawaguchi was brought up in the United States, Canada and Japan: she has lived in the UK since 1989.  A member of the Japanese Garden Society (UK), she is a fascinating lecturer on Japanese gardens, as well as more widely on other aspects of Japanese culture and its relationship to the West.  Her publications include 'Japanese Zen Gardens' and 'Authentic Japanese Gardens'. 


11:00am   Arrival and Coffee


11:30am-12:30pm   'Landscape and the Japanese Garden'

The key to unlocking the enigmatic beauty of Japanese gardens lies in the idea of landscape.  From gardens with clipped pines and ponds to those consisting simply of moss, stone and gravel, the Japanese have always designed their gardens, whether large or small, to depict an evocative landscape.  We will look at the influence of the Buddhist cosmic imagery and Chinese mythology on garden design, but most importantly the inspiration which the Japanese have derived from the diverse scenery of their own island surroundings.


12:30pm   Light Japanese style lunch provided by Myra's Kasekai of Dorchester


1.45-2.25pm   'Plants in the Japanese Garden'

In the nineteenth cnetury, Japan was known in the west as the Land of Flowers.  This talk will examing the changes of taste among the Japanese with regard to plants, and at the same time address the intriguing question as to why there are not more flowers in traditional Japanese gardens.


Short break


2.30-3.10pm   'Modern Japanese Gardens'

The Japanese way of life became increasingly westernised during the latter half of the twentieth century.  Garden designers have come up with innovative ways of adapting well-loved traditional designs to suit these new lifestyle changes.  This has made Japanese garden design all the more approachable to people living outside Japan.


3.15pm   Tea


Venue: Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Kettle Bridge Lane, Cerne Abbas DT2 7GY

Cost: £39.00 with lunch 

£30 without lunch (no raw fish!) and you should make your own arrangements at another venue

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