A designated Place of Scenic Beauty Murin-an was featured in Photography Journal ‘Asahicamera’ April 2017 issue.

A designated Place of Scenic Beauty Murin-an was featured in Photography Journal ‘Asahicamera’ April 2017 issue.

A designated Place of Scenic Beauty Murin-an which we Ueyakato is the designated management agent and maintain and run was featured in Photography Journal ‘Asahicamera’ April 2017 issue.
You can enjoy a picture of Murin-an garden in winter captured so exquisitely by a photographer Shinichi Sato who has been taking photos of various gardens.
According to Mr. Sato, it is hard to shoot gardens in winter as there is no much greenery, however that is when visitors could take notice of other structures such as stone arrangements or streams. Besides, the world of gardens through the lens has another depth to it.

From February 27, 2017 ~ March 01, 2017 – Our company welcomed two American interns from the TRIAD Fellowship Program.

From February 27, 2017 ~ March 01, 2017 – Our company welcomed two American interns (Adam and Bryan) from the TRIAD Fellowship Program. They learned the basics of the landscape construction work by actually creating spatial structure (building a Japanese garden) at Keihanna Commemorative Park. Also at Konkai Komyo-ji Temple, they planted maple trees and learned our garden fostering method of ‘Although maintained meticulously, gardens appear like untouched nature’ The participants expressed their appreciation with those words ‘I was able to obtain the totally different perspective.’ ‘I learned the various technics which could be applied to the gardens back home’.

A Family workshop about knowing Okazaki, Kyoto titled “Oyako Okashiru Villa and Garden edition” was held in the Murin-an Gerden on February 18,2017.

A Family workshop about knowing Okazaki, Kyoto titled “Oyako Okashiru Villa and Garden edition” was held in the Murin-an Garden on February 18,2017. Our company president Tomoki Kato and Tomio Sakauke acted as lectures.

Elementary school aged children acted as guests to the garden and experienced at first hand how broad welcoming hospitality in Japanese culture actually was. 

And at the same time, they leanred how the villa and garden function in that respect, as well as what the gardeners regard as most important in everyday maintenance work and Shitsurai (setting made by keeping mind of appreciation of the change of seasons, milestones of preople’s lives, hospitality )means.

It was a delightful day that we were able to show the children how beauty in everyday life could be celebrated.

 

OZ magazine March 2017

An interview with our company president Tomoki Kato on our works of the creation and maintenance of the garden of HOSHINOYA Kyoto Inn http://hoshinoyakyoto.jp/en/ was featured in the Japanese magazine ‘OZmagazine'(2017 March, No.539) http://www.ozmall.co.jp/ozmagazine/.  It touched foundations of Japanese gardens: the design concept, long term maintenance policy, and how to foster the featured garden which is located in the best part of Arashiyama. We realized that our time consuming fostering efforts paid off as the enhanced beauty of the garden was appreciated.

February 05, 2017 – Our company president made a presentation titled “the operation and tourism of Murin-an Garden” at a conference on “Gardens as touristic resources”.

February 05, 2017 – Our company president made a presentation titled “the operation and tourism of Murin-an Garden” at a conference on “Gardens as touristic resources”. The aim of the conference is to look into the future potential of gardens as touristic resources by following the historical background of gardens used as touristic resources in Japan and Europe as well as the current situation. There were lively discussions on the current situation of the gardens as touristic resources in Japan and Europe with guest speakers from the UK and Italy this year.

February 1, 2017 – Murin-an was featured on NIPPON TV’s program “Kokoro ni Kizamu Fukei”.

February 1, 2017 – Murin-an was featured on NIPPON TV’s program “Kokoro ni Kizamu Fukei”. The program portrayed the life of the Murin-an’s original owner, Aritomo Yamagata with beautiful footage. Not just the Murin-an but also Yamaguchi prefecture where he spent his youth as well as Kokian in Odawara which Yamagata built for his retirement home were covered in a thoughtful manner. We appreciate that the Murin-an was presented in the program that provides the senses of way of life through the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods. We feel that we were also given the opportunity to review the fundamental values of Japanese garden to further improve.

NIPPON TV “Kokoro ni Kizamu Fukei”

Niwa 2017、Vol. 226

December 29, 2016 (Thursday) – Murin-an was featured in the Japanese garden magazine ‘Niwa’ (2017, No. 226, Vol. 2). Organized by efforts of a local group (‘Niwa Ikoiko’), that promotes various ways to enjoy Japanese garden, people with impaired vision were invited. The participants experienced the appeal of the garden, like its stepping stones across the small streams, and left with delight: ‘I wanna stay forever’, ‘I liked the touch of the grass and moss’ were one of their comments. These keep us motivated to continue to provide and support events alike. 

‘Niwa’ (2017, No. 226, Vol. 2) (Japanese)

BS-TBS “nihon ni deau tabi” – the admired autumn leaves ~ a tour around the 15 grand views of Kyoto, Oirase, Kotosanzan

December 7,  2016 (Wednesday) –The autumn maple tea ceremony at the Murin-an garden was broadcasted on BS-TBS “nihon ni deau tabi” – the admired autumn leaves special ~ a tour around the 15 grand views of Kyoto, Oirase, Kotosanzan.

It was captured as an unique event where anyone could easily come to the garden to enjoy tea and learn about the gardening and fostering method of the Murin-an garden from the perspective of a garden craftsman. 

 

Live broadcast on NHK Kyoto Broadcast Station “kyo ichinichi”

December 1, 2016 – The garden illumination of the Murin-an garden, a Place of Scenic Beauty, which our company is designated to manage and operate was broadcast live on NHK Kyoto Broadcast Station “kyo ichinichi”.

The live broadcast covered the importance of the Murin-an garden, the illumination design and our company President, Tomoki Kato’s interview.

The live coverage was broadcast under a tense atmosphere that differed from a standard broadcast.

What we felt from this live broadcast is that we want to continue to provide enhanced events as the Murin-an garden being one of the attractions in the Okazaki area.

News 630 kyo ichinichi

2016 Environmental Study Session

2016 – The Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted environmental study sessions for elementary students. Our staff, Mayumi Ida, Toshinori Funao, Yuta Inamoto and Shota Minami led the lecture theme “enjoying observation of nature.” The 1st class conducted an investigation on the aquatic organisms in the Katsura River, the 2nd class had a quiz rally on the different tree leaves and the 3rd class conducted an investigation on insects such as grasshoppers. Thank you to the elementary school staff for having us.

August 29, 2016 (Tues) Grade 3 class of Ohara Higashi Elementary School

October 24, 2016 (Mon) Grade 3 & 4 class of Kyoto Ohara Gakuin (Kyoto City Public)

November 1, 2016 (Tues) Grade 3 class of Oharano Elementary School

2016 Career Experience Program at Keihanna Commemorative Park

We welcomed 10 junior high school students at Keihanna Commemorative Park for the 2016 Career Experience Program.

The junior high school students were given the opportunity to experience creating a fall arrangement of dried persimmon, investigating the park property and maintaining the forest area. 

November 2 (Tues), November 8 (Tues) ~ 10 (Thurs),  2016 – Seika Middle School 

Two English Internees from the TRIAD Fellowship Program

From October 17, 2016  ~ October 20, 2016 – Our company welcomed two interns (Colette and Neil) from the TRIAD Fellowship Program. Their mentor for 4-days was one of our garden craftsmen, Yasutomo Inoue. They worked 1-day each at the following 4 sites: Murin-an Garden the nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty, HOSHINOYA Kyoto Inn, Shosei-en Garden, and the Keihanna Commemorative Park. Through this internship, the two interns from England learned about pruning methods and garden cleaning as well as the fundamental concept of the garden fostering and management style of Kyoto.

TRIAD Fellowship Program

Japanese Institute of Landscape Architect 2016 Kansai Branch Conference

On October 16, 2016 (Sunday) –  At the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architect 2016 Kansai Branch conference, one of our staff, Sanae Handa, presented her research thesis on Murin-an garden. The same research was awarded the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architect 2016 Kansai Branch Award.

Research presentation title: “Garden Fostering by Investigating Fundamental Sensitivity of Murin-an Garden a National Place of Scenic Beaty” – Utilizing Wildflowers in Lawn Which Aritomo Yamagata Admired –

Prime Japan introduces the Murin-an garden, a Designated Place of Scenic Beauty

Prime Japan “nihon no kokoro ni deau #6 ocha” introduced Murin-an garden, a Designated Place of Scenic Beauty, which our company has been designated to manage and operate.

Please enjoy the beautiful 4k image resolution of a garden that has been fully fostered and maintained. Another feature is the demonstration of sencha style tea ceremony, which Aritomo Yamagata preferred. We hope you enjoy the program.

Prime Japan

Garden Tour Event Hosted by JTB Nodule and Maimai Kyoto

October 10, 2016 (Monday) – Our president Tomoki Kato and two of our garden craftsman, Shigeyoshi Takemura and Tomio Sakaue, conducted a yearly popular garden tour event hosted by JTB Nodule and Maimai Kyoto. This year’s tour was of Nanzen-ji Temple and Murin-an garden. Thank you for joining us at this event!

Nodule flyer (Japanese)

Portland Japanese Garden – “Waza to Kokoro” Seminar Report

The Portland Japanese Garden released a report of the “Waza to Kokoro ~ Hands & Heart” seminar conducted from August 28 ~ September 4, 2016 by their new Institute facility. Our president, Tomoki Kato and one of our garden craftsmen, Takeshi Kato, participated in the workshop. Please read the great report about the seminar to learn more about the contents and activities. It was an honor to be part of this wonderful learning experience and we will strive to utilize what we have attained.

2016 PJG Seminar Report

Magazine “leaf” November 2016 Issue

In the magazine “leaf” November 2016 issue was an article about Murin-an, a designated Place of Scenic Beauty. The garden was introduced as part of the “hints to a wonderful lifestyle” about the cultural scenic landscape of the Okazaki neighborhood. Beautiful photos of the garden include the occasion when the Mayor of Kyoto visited Murin-an. If you are ever in Kyoto, please enjoy the trickling stream from the Lake Biwa Canal that is drawn into this tranquil garden at Murin-an.

“leaf” November 2016

September 15, 2016 – Tottori Prefecture Cultural Assets Garden Engineer Workshop

September 15, 2016 (Thurs) – Our company president, Tomoki Kato and our young garden craftsman, Sanae Handa were invited to conduct a lecture on the “Annual Fostering Techniques of Existing Plants of Murin-an Garden as a National Place Scenic Beauty” at the Tottori Prefecture cultural assets garden engineer workshop hosted by the Tottori Prefectural Board of Education. Our president, Tomoki Kato, talked extensively about the method “For Preserving the Spatial Characteristics of Original Sensitivity of Aritomo Yamagata,” and Sanae Handa talked about how the grass is fostered and cared for to nurture an aesthetic scenery accented with wildflowers. We received high interest from the audience, which was composed of members involved with the management of the local Tottori cultural asset gardens.

UNESCO trainees visited the Heijō-kyō Sakyo Sanjo Nibo Palace Garden

Our company is currently working with a team on the restoration project of the Heijō-kyō Sakyo Sanjo Nibo Palace Garden (known as the Kyūseki Teien) in Nara City, a designated Special Historic Site and Special Places of Scenic Beauty. Here, we welcomed trainees from the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO who are involved in the preservation of cultural heritages in the Asia-Pacific region. They observed the process of excavating a scenic stone that will be restored.