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”.

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.

 

Portland Japanese Garden – “Waza to Kokoro” Seminar Workshop

From August 28 ~ September 4, 2016 the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon State, U.S.A. conducted the “Waza to Kokoro ~ Hands & Heart” Seminar focusing on stone arrangements. Our president, Tomoki Kato and one of our garden craftsmen, young Kato, participated in the workshop group teacher. The participants had about 10 years of Japanese garden related work experience in the North-American region. This workshop was a wonderful learning experience for both teachers and participants.

 

Portland Japanese Garden – “Waza to Kokoro” Seminar Lecture

From August 28 ~ September 4, 2016 the Portland Japanese Garden conducted the “Waza to Kokoro ~ Hands & Heart” seminar focusing on stone arrangements. Our president, Tomoki Kato was invited as a guest lecturer and presented on “anmokuchi” (tacit knowledge and shared understanding), based on the “Sakuteiki,” an ancient gardening text. He discussed the importance of “anmokuchi” in the world of garden craftsmen and the challenges of transmitting sensibility in this field. For many of the seminar participants, this was their first time learning about the “Sakuteiki,” and showed keen interest and fascination in the Japanese perspective and sense of natural beauty.

Magazine Daiwa House D-room Vol.13 Autumn 2016 Issue

The magazine Daiwa House D-room Vol.13 Autumn 2016 issue features an interview of our president, Tomoki Kato. He explains how a Cultural Heritage Garden is fostered and maintained according to its intrinsic or true aesthetic value through the example of Murin-an garden. In addition, he introduces the different ways visitors can enjoy Murin-an, a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. 

Lecture on Chishakuin for thePreservation of Kyoto’s Cultural Sightseeing Resources.

July 23, 2016 (Sat) – Our president, Tomoki Kato conducted a lecture about the Designated Place of Scenic Beauty: Chishakuin at the cultural asset appreciation gathering hosted by the Preservation of Kyoto’s Cultural Sightseeing Resources. Thank you to the estimated 100 participants who came and showed great interest in the lecture.

Two Interns from the TRIAD Fellowship Program

July 19, 2016 ~ July 22, 2016 – We welcomed two interns, Ishida and Ryu, from the TRIAD Fellowship Program that is partially supported by the Awaji Landscape & Horticulture Academy. They learned about our company’s philosophy and way of garden fostering and investigating the intended garden meanings though their experience at Murin-an garden and the Keihanna Commemorative Park, both of which our company is designated to manage and care for. They plan to use their experience towards their future goals of increasing the international appreciation and appeal of Japanese gardens.

TRIAD Fellowship Program

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