Murin-an was featured in the KBS Kyoto tv program “Oyakamassan”. The program introduced Ueyakato’s unique management efforts and the history of the Place of Scenic Beauty. The scenic points of the garden were presented as well as the special morning quiz, only available in the summer months July and August.
Nanzenji Temple and Murin-an were featured in the Japanese TV program MBS Saturday Plus. Our garden director Sakaue and a famous TV personality Madame Dewi toured with humour around the sites such as the historical Sanmon (a two-story gate to a temple) and the unique scenery withthe Suirokaku (a waterway landmark). At Murin-an, they enjoyed the tranquil sound of the stream, the signature feature of the modern Japanese garden.
Murin-an was featured on Japanese TV (“Kansai Johou Net ten”). The program described the original owner, Yamagata, and his garden ideas and perception. Both an easy to understand and entertaining program, in which also our president Kato appeared to explain the highlight of the garden, with the Higashiyama Mountains as the main focus of the garden.
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. Along with the Prof. Shimizu of Kyoto Institute of Technology, our president Kato explained the main highlights of the garden. We hope to welcome more visitors to this miraculously preserved gem just walking distance from Kyoto Station.
The “Fresh Greenery Illumination”at 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.
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.
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).
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.
Hojo Garden of Nanzen-ji Temple was featured on Japanese TV (Kyoto KBS ‘Kyoto Kokuho Roman’). Hojo is a National Treasure and its dry garden is said to be created by notable artist Enshu Kobori. The program depicts the history of Nanzen-ji and its present shape in a clear, simple way and reminds us how blessed we are to be responsible for taking care of this historically valuable garden.
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.
December 17, 2016 – Murin-an has been featured on TV Asahi’s program: “Sekai Ga Odoroita Nippon! Sugoi Desune!! Kansatsudan” – World In Awe, Japan! It Is Awesome! – About exquisite craftsmanship of Kyoto Gardeners. Our gardeners working on trimming pine leaves preparing for the new years were broadcasted.
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.
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.
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.
On May 20, 2016 (Fri) – Prem Rawat’s DVD that includes a special discussion with our President Tomoki Kato was released. The discussion was held at the “Shiun-no-niwa” garden at Kurodani Konkaikomyoji Temple.
November 4, 2015 (Wednesday) – BS-TBS aired the Ancient City of Japan ~ History Behind the Aesthetic Scenery series starring Reiko Takashima, episode #23 Autumn in Kyoto! Two-hour Special on “Hideyoshi’s Wife: Nene and Yodo” and their life. Our president Tomoki Kato assisted in the filming and introduced some aesthetic autumn scenic points at Nanzen-ji Temple. Airing: November 4, 2015 (Wed) from 19:00 a.m. ~ 20:54 a.m.
On September 28, 2015 (Mon), Asahi Broadcasting show “Kokoiro” from 9:48 p.m. introduced our president Tomoki Kato, as he worked to care for the garden in Nanzen-ji Temple. He assisted in the filming of the episode “the Craftsman who fosters gardens in the Kyoto and Okazaki area.” Scheduled airing: Sept. 28, 2015 (Mon) from 7:54 p.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 21, 2015 (Monday) – In the “Nagasaki Sweet Pea Story 2015” broadcasted by Nagasaki International TV, our president Tomoki Kato demonstrated Japanese garden craftsmanship and techniques at Kurodani Konkaikomyo-ji Temple to a group led by Dr. Hanamo of Tawaramachi Hospital, a member of the Medical Corporation Wakaba, that incorporates the Satoyama Therapy method. The hospital created a Japanese garden because Dr. Hamano desired “to make a Japanese garden where bedridden people can enjoy from a wheelchairs or lying down,” which has progressed the medical treatment for many elderly patients who also feel spiritual peace from this method.
In this documentary series, “Ouen Document Ashita wa Docchida,” the J-pop boys band Kanjani∞ (eight) cheer-on hard working people. On Feb. 17, 2015 (Tue.), the spotlight was on Mr. Yosuke Ohta, a young skilled Japanese garden craftsman. The show closely covers Mr. Ohta’s days of training during his 3rd year in the field as a “28 year-old struggling in a world with so much depth.” We hope you enjoyed the show. Broadcast: Every Tuesdays 10:55 p.m. – 11:20 p.m. Rerun: Every Tuesdays 4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 6, 2014 (Sat) – Takeshi Kato assisted the NHK BS Premium TV show filming of “there is such a place like this – Vivid Autumn Colors and Meditative Aura of Winter.” One of the gardens we foster, Tairyu-Sanso, was introduced in the program.