Charophyceae at Keihanna@Mainichi Shimbun

Charophyceae at Keihanna@Mainichi Shimbun

The endangered species Charophyceae growing at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in The Mainichi Shimbun. The algae, now on the Red List of threatened species, used to be seen across the nation in ponds and paddy fields, but use of chemicals and modern land cultivation methods have led to near extinction. At Keihanna, rice is grown organically and in the traditional wet fields, so plants like Charophyceae can still grow in their natural habitat. 

The daylily flowering at Keihanna Commemorative Park

The daylily flowering at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in ”The Mainichi Shimbun”. The night-blooming yellow flower that lasts no more than 24 hours started opening in the evening. Our staff Inamoto, the expert for biological surveys in the park, explained the beautiful characteristics of the flower. 

Buddhist monks@Murin-an

Ueyakato welcomed a group of Buddhist monks,  who work as probation officers in their communities, to Murin-an. Referring to a talk given the day before, our president Tomoki Kato explained the characteristics of Murin-an as a cultural asset and showed examples of our garden fostering efforts. Blessed by good weather the participants could afterwards enjoy the tour through the garden by a Murin-an staff despite being rainy season.

Buddhist monk workshop

Our president Tomoki Kato made a presentation at a workshop for Buddhist monks, who also contribute to their communities as probation officers. It was our pleasure to get involved in the educational programs for public servants and we hope the talk on Kyoto gardens, their life force and how they are nurtured and taken care of at Ueyakato may be enriching for their work. 

BS Asahi ‘Hyakunen Meika’

Shosei-en Garden of Higashi Honganji Temple, which we UEYAKATO take care of, was featured on Japanese TV (BS Asahi Hyakunen Meika). Both the history and key scenic points were introduced in an easy-to-grasp manner and the well-known presenters Norito Yashima and Riho Makise gave a fun tour through the garden. We hope to welcome more visitors to this miraculously preserved gem just walking distance from Kyoto Station. 

A Study of Murin-an’s Past Scenery from Old Photographs Property of General Yamagata Memorial Museum

Ueyakato president Tomoki Kato, garden artisan Tomio Sakaue and Kazuki Shimizu of Shimizu Landscape presented their recent paper “A Study of Murin-an’s Past Scenery from Old Photographs Property of General Yamagata Memorial Museum” at the annual congress of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture. The research is based on old photographs kindly given by the “General Yamagata Memorial Museum” last year, now published in ”Landscape Research Japan, Vol.80 No.5, March 2017, Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture”

A Study of Murin-an’s Past Scenery from Old Photographs Property of General Yamagata Memorial Museum (English summary, Japanese text)

Ueyakato Landscape curator@Hanazono University

Our curator Nobuhiro Shigeoka of the Designated Management Department was featured in the school pamphlet of Hanazono University, Kyoto. As a shining alumnus, his succesful efforts to preserve and promote National Historic Sites, as both Murin-an garden and  The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura are, were introduced. If you come across the article, take a look! “OB’s MESSAGE”

Light-up@Yomiuri Newspaper

The “Fresh Greenery Illuminationat Murin-an garden was featured in The Yomiuri Shimbun along with information on the garden and the event itself. Created by Jihei Ogawa VII (7th) under the politician Aritomo Yamagata’s instructions, now for the first time the garden is open at night for the public to enjoy the view of the lush fresh green.  

local tourism promotion organization (’5K会’ )

At a meeting of  a local tourism promotion organization (’5K会’ ) our company president Kato and Yamada (Heritage and Garden Artistry manager)  made a presentation on raising awareness for and promoting Japanese gardens abroad and within inbound tourism. Framed within these topics, they introduced our Japanese gardens abroad as well as our work at Murin-an as designated management company. Especially our efforts to continuously provide bilingual information at Murin-an had been favorably received  by the audience. We will strive to continue introducing Japanese gardens to people from different countries and cultural backgrounds. 

Light-up at Murin-an @Kyoto Shimbun

The “Fresh Greenery Illuminationat Murin-an garden was featured in The Kyoto Shimbun. The event was introduced as a successful synthesis of cultural heritage preservation and tourism effort as the garden was transformed with many lighting equipment without any alteration to the property. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the preparation, especially LEM Design Studio Co. Ltd. Without them we couldn’t have brought this event to the community to enjoy the special night view of Murin-an garden. 

NHK Radio

Murin-an garden was introduced on two NHK Radio programs (Kansai Doyo Hot Time & Kansai Radio Wide”).  Our company president Tomoki Kato and garden craftsman Tomio Sakaue were interviewed about various topics such as the current “Fresh Greenery Illumination“, the benefits and feature of having a garden craftsman as a guide and, in addition, the objective as a designated management company of a Place of Scenic Beauty such as Murin-an garden is. We had a rare opportunity to express the fascination of Japanese gardens on a radio broadcast.

Kyoto City’s Reforestation Activities

In the past, the trees of Kyoto mountains have been seriously harmed by spread of diseases. Therefore , Kyoto City has started activities from 2005 on, focusing on reforestation and prevention. Their recent activities, which Ueyakato was also involved in, were summarized in their March publication of “Shiki・Irodori no Morizukuri dayori No.5, 2017” (‘Four Seasons・Colourful Reforestation Program’) . At the latest event, up to 110 citizens participated in planting trees. We will continue to provide support in growing beautiful and diverse trees, which shape the scenery of Kyoto mountains. 
Shiki・Irodori no Morizukuri dayori No.5, 2017”

Murin-an Garden@Arte (European culture channel)

Arte broadcasted a documentary on Murin-an Garden. Enriched by historical facts and scenes from the famous Gion festival of Kyoto, the documentary presented detailed knowledge of the garden and its current maintenance and fostering practices. We express our gratitude to the Arte team and appreciate their professionalism with which they covered Murin-an Garden. Link online in French or German (Available till Jun,13th, Europe only). 
Ueyakato Landscapes Co., LTD.@Kansai Architectural World/”Gunzo”

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of ”The Architectural Association of Japan”, an anniversary edition of “Kansai Architectural World/”Gunzo””  was issued. In addition to an interview with our company president about the making of the garden at the “Hoshinoya Kyoto” resort, recent garden activities as well as our garden at the “Hoshinoya Tokyo” resort were covered. We will continue to strive to provide beautiful gardens while expanding the range of activities aimed at raising awareness of Japanese gardens. Anniversary edition “Kansai Architectural World/”Gunzo””


Subtle signs of spring – Purple Viola Inconspicua@The Kyoto Shimbun

The Kyoto Shimbun (Kyoto Newspaper) published an article on the purple Viola Inconspicua, a small wildflower type that can be found on the lawn of Murin-an Garden, announcing us the full arrival of spring. The garden was built according to the design and thoughts of the Meiji politician, Aritomo Yamagata and Ueyakato devotes considerable effort to foster the various wildflower types, that Yamagata adored. In fact, it is unusual for a Japanese garden to grow wildflowers, most often picked out as weed. Our specialized gardeners have put thorough work into keeping more than 30 types of wildflowers, even throughout the harsh winter season.  

Keihanna Commemorative Park received endorsement by Kyoto Prefecture

Our efforts to foster and maintain Keihanna Commemorative Park received endorsement by Kyoto Prefecture and were featured in an annual manual by the Ministry of Environment of Japan ( “Manual of the Integrated Pest and Weed Management in Parks and Street Trees”). Our garden craftsmen have specialized knowledge in disease control and could early on detect pests on red pines and hydrangeas. By promptly sharing information with local communities and organizations, damages from disease spreading were effectively prevented. We are humbled to receive recognition for our work and continue to provide high quality maintenance of parks and like to share the efforts with local communities.

Research paper published on sensitivity of wildflowering utilization@Murin-an

The research paper of our gardeners Tomio Sakaue, Sanae Handa and company president Tomoki Kato was recently published in the ‘Technial Reports of Landscape Architecture No.9, 2017’ by the Japanese Institue of Landscape Architecture. The paper explains the implementation of diligent care of wildflowers as an essential value in Japanese garden management. It is known that Aritomo Yamagata, the founder of the garden, enjoyed the naturally blooming wildflowers. 

Sakaue, T., Handa, S. & Kato, T. (2017). Garden Fostering of the Lawn that Invesitigates Fundamental Sensitivity of Wildflower Utilization at Murin-an Garden a National Place of Scenic Beauty. Technial Reports of Landscape Architecture (JILA), 80 (9): 40-45 (Japanese) 


Kyoto Heritage Preservation event @ Murin-an Garden

Our company president, Tomoki Kato, presented and guided through Murin-an and Konchi-in Temple (part of the Nanzenji-Temple complex) during a group event, which was sponsored by the Kyoto Heritage Preservation Association. At Murin-an Garden, the emphasis of the speech lay on the original garden concept by Aritomo Yamagata as well as how to foster and care for the garden from a perspective of designated management. At Konchi-in, participants could both enjoy a tour of Hojo Garden (created by Enshu Kobori) as well as Hasso-seki, a unique tea room. Participants were listening attentively and reaffirmed the importance of preserving cultural properties.

The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura was featured on Nagano TV NBS program

The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura was featured on Nagano TV NBS program (“Focus ∞ Shinshu”). The episode portrays Taseko Matsuo, a female poet born in Nagano, and her contact to Iwakura in his retirement. The footage presented the well-preserved retreat in the nostalgic atmosphere of around that time.

Create a Petite Garden @Konkai Komyo-Ji Temple

Our unique event ‘Create a Petite Garden’ was held at ‘Shiun-no-Niwa”, a garden part of Konkai Komyo-Ji Temple that Ueyakato takes care of. Upon request by the Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau, the event took place within the 44th Kyoto International Tourism Contents Research Event and the participants were guided personally by our garden craftsmen, Takahito Oka and Yasutomo Inoue. It was an opportunity to propose ideas for tourism and MICE projects in Japan and was well received by participants: “It will be valuable experience not only for VIP clients but also for corporate team building programs.’ We will continue to promote Japanese garden culture and hope to contribute to tourism and MICE projects through workshops alike.