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Takumi no Waza / Superb Craftsmanship 2
– Find a guide into tomorrow by taking lessons from the past

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Imagine the sense of peace and comfort that ancient people cherished when they lived together with nature.
Feel, at the same time, the emergence of new life among plants in the garden.  
People respond to and are embraced by the vitality of nature.
The master’s spirit, which has been long nurtured and maintained through communication with nature and gardens, and his deep love for gardens, have refined his skills to a level of mastery.

It is a sensitivity deeply rooted in and familiar with tradition that gives rise to novel techniques
– a tradition that creates

Landscape gardeners are, it may be said, artists who have full knowledge of nature, and who tap into the unique features of trees, water, wind and light to create their art. They have an uncompromising insight into micro elements that allows them to select the right material, and a macro perspective and sensitivity that allow them to envision the entire image. This well-balanced sensitivity is the evidence of mastery. Through spaces that enrich people by reflecting seasonal changes, we strive to create contact points with nature that are people-friendly, like deciduous trees that provide cool shade in summer and let warm sunlight pass through in winter. Masters know that only creative things can survive and remain as traditions throughout the ages.

 

Construction

Various items that match the landscape, such as a bamboo fence as a windbreak, blinder or partition, are added to enhance the functionality and dignity of a garden.

Various items that match the landscape, such as a bamboo fence as a windbreak, blinder or partition, are added to enhance the functionality and dignity of a garden.

”Sukashi” pruning technique

Tree branches are pruned while closely examining the tree’s character, foliage and the background of trees, so that the beauty and vigor of each tree can be maximized. This requires a trained mind and skill.

Tree branches are pruned while closely examining the tree’s character, foliage and the background of trees, so that the beauty and vigor of each tree can be maximized. This requires a trained mind and skill.

Planting

Garden trees and shrubs are planted under the best conditions available, after giving due consideration to their functionality and growth rate, such as their height balance, direction, harmony with the entire landscape and breeziness. This requires proficient skills, which can be obtained only through a gentle mind that nurtures living things.

Garden trees and shrubs are planted under the best conditions available, after giving due consideration to their functionality and growth rate, such as their height balance, direction, harmony with the entire landscape and breeziness. This requires proficient skills, which can be obtained only through a gentle mind that nurtures living things.

Combination

Sakuteiki, the oldest book on landscape gardening, says that when placing stones, we should follow the will of the stones, because human designs and arrangements can never compare to the great expressions of nature. Gardens are joint projects between nature and people. It is only when human efforts are firmly based on deep respect for nature that they assume creativity and find that stone arrangements come alive.

Sakuteiki, the oldest book on landscape gardening, says that when placing stones, we should follow the will of the stones, because human designs and arrangements can never compare to the great expressions of nature. Gardens are joint projects between nature and people. It is only when human efforts are firmly based on deep respect for nature that they assume creativity and find that stone arrangements come alive.

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Talking about gardens
– Invariance and Trends

Japanese gardens, with a history of over a thousand years, are endowed with awe and respect for nature and for a human mind that does not change over time. This is known as ‘invariance.’ On the other hand, a variety of construction techniques have emerged out of the spirit of the times and the sense of aesthetics of landscape gardeners. These are known as ‘trends.’ Learning from the invariance and trends of Japanese gardens, we continue reflecting on our own sensitivity, by refining our minds and upgrading our skills.