2025 Program Details

The Expression of Garden Space in Kyoto:
The Stagecraft of the Bamboo Fence

There are all kinds of Japanese gardens. In Kyoto, however, gardens are commonly created in relatively small spaces. These spaces are arranged not just as tea gardens and the dry landscape gardens of Buddhist temples, but even in “passage gardens” created in the smallest of corridors. Within these limits, how can we create a feeling of space? Answering this question requires a different perspective than that used for grand-scale garden design. In response, many approaches have been devised. Tree sizes that match the size of the space, see-through branches to express breadth and depth, stepping stones and garden pavements that evoke space by guiding guests’ footsteps. And then there are the many ways that spaces have been defined by how they are partitioned, as well as the vast range of “fences” introduced into them as garden accents.

Over this five-day program, we aim to give participants a grounding in the aesthetic sense lying in the background of Japanese garden beauty. On the morning of our first day, our company president Tomoki Kato, who is also a professor at Kyoto University of the Arts, will lecture on garden management and the relationship between Japanese gardens and their surrounding environments. In the afternoon, we will visit gardens managed and fostered by Ueyakato Landscape. The second day will be dedicated to garden management training in how to nurture landscapes that incorporated their external scenery.

After observing and training in Japanese gardens, the program’s last three days will focus on creating bamboo fences and applying them to Japanese garden creation. With all instruction attended by veteran Japanese gardeners and interpreters who are fluent in the languages of Japanese, English and Japanese gardens, this course conveys to participants the tradition and aesthetic feeling of Japanese gardens nurtured in Kyoto.

Application guidelines

Schedule (tentative)
April 14-18(Mon.-Fri.)
Day 1
AM Lecture (Lecturer: Tomoki Kato, Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts)
PM Garden excursions
Welcome lunch
Day 2
Garden management training
(A traditional Japanese garden under Ueyakato Landscape management)
Day 3
Training in bamboo fence creation (bamboo shop)
Day 4
Garden creation training
Day 5
Garden creation training
Dinner party

*Above schedule is subject to change

¥1,000,000-(We offer financial assistance scholarships. For details see “Scholarship Program” below.)
*The above tuition covers the cost of tools, footwear, travel expenses and garden entry fees during training as well as lunchtime food and drink expenses, and a dinner party on the last day. Participants bear the cost of lodging expenses and travel expenses to Ueyakato Landscape.
5 people. (3 person minimum)
*Applicants will be accepted in order of receipt.
Application deadline:
January 17, 2025 (Mon.)9:00 JST
Scholarship Program:
Ueyakato Landscape will cover half of the training cost (¥500,000-) for applicants it deems capable of contributing to the future continuation and further evolution of Japanese garden culture. For details about our scholarship program please refer “To Apply.”
Applicant selection:
All applicants, including those not applying for our scholarship program, will be screened to ensure their participation goals match the goals of this program. Application screening will require 2-3 weeks.
How to Apply:
Fill the required items into the form below and submit your own resume. There is no required format for the resume, but please make sure to include the following information.     
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Education Record, including higher education major
  • Employment Record
  • Reason for applying to this program(Maximum 1page)

This program is organized by the Heritage and Garden Artistry Division of Ueyakato Landscape. 
Please send all inquiries to the following email address.

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Heritage and Garden Artistry Division
Ueyakato Landscape
email: chizai@ueyakato.co.jp

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