12/14 land8.com

12/14 land8.com

We are pleased to see that Portland Japanese Garden’s training center director Kristen Faurest has featured Ueyakato Landscape President Tomoki Kato in an article written for the website “Land8: Landscape Architect Network“. Her article “Fostering the Future” cogently explains why professional gardeners do not simply maintain gardens in their current condition but instead foster their inner potential to the greatest degree possible, a long-held principle of President Kato’s first introduced outside Japan in his keynote speech to the 2014 North American Japanese Garden Association Conference in Chicago.

2018/11/25 Murin-an Featured on Live Television

Murin-an garden, which Ueyakato Landscape operates as its designated manager,  was the main venue for the live broadcast of “Kyoto Autumn Colors, Live 2018: Autumn Evenings Filled with Meiji Period Romanticism,” a television show co-sponsored by KBS Kyoto and BS11. This two-hour special introduced a series of autumn color viewing spots from all over Kyoto. The Former Residence of Iwakura Tomomi, also operated by Ueyakato Landscape, was featured as well. At Murin-an, there were live performances of Noh theater and works created using moss, both of which were shown against the background of the garden’s autumn color scenery. 

 

The 2018 Japan ICOMOS Award

Tomoki Kato, Representative Director and President of Ueyakato Landscape Co., Ltd., has been selected to receive the 2018 Japan ICOMOS Award for his article, “Contemporary Policies and Practices in the Conduct and Utilization of Research for the Preservation of Japanese Gardens as Cultural Heritage Sites.” The Japan ICOMOS Award was founded in 2014 by the Japan ICOMOS National Committee to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of principles, activities and projects for the preservation and utilization of cultural heritage sites. We are grateful to the committee for its recognition of our efforts thus far, and plan to continue building upon those efforts in the future.

Press release  The 2018 Japan ICOMOS Award

 

 

 

 

2018/05/01 Ueyakato Featured in Enjoy Kyoto

Ueyakato Landscape has been featured in Enjoy Kyoto, an English-language tourism information magazine. In addition to introductions to the basic elements of gardens and Japanese garden history, there is also an interview with Ueyakato Landscape President Tomoki Kato. We cooperated with Enjoy Kyoto in the hope of helping overseas visitors to Kyoto feel the depth of the Japanese gardens they visit. In the future, we will continue these efforts to help people throughout the world recognize the cultural value of Murin-an and other Kyoto gardens.   

 

2018/03/14 Article Published in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture/ Kai Kaga

“Garden Renovation Construction at Hoshino Resort: KAI Kaga,” an article by lead author Hajime Anno and two other co-authors, all from Ueyakato Landscape’s Gardening Department, was published in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, vol.81 (a special edition of selected works on spatial design). The journal also included an independent review of the article: “This is contemporary garden creation that respects Ishikawa Prefecture’s natural features and culture while also sublimating machiya (traditional Japanese townhouses) renovated architecture to produce an even more attractive space.”

 

2018/03/14 Article Published in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture/ Keihanna

“Participatory Improvement of the Landscape at Keihanna Commemorative Park,” an article by lead author Toshinori Funao and six other co-authors, all from Ueyakato Landscape’s Designated Management Division, was published in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, vol.81 (special edition of selected works on aging management). The journal also included an independent review of this article: “This is a work that aims to realize a dynamic, living landscape by practicing creative management as the designated managers of an already developed park.”  

2018/03/01 English Translation of Ogawa Jihei Biography Published

University of Tokyo Press has published an English translation of Hiroyuki Suzuki’s “Landscape Gardener Ogawa Jihei and His Times” through the Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture. This book also includes descriptions of Murin-an garden, which Ueyakato Landscape manages and operates as its designated manager. After he was commissioned by Yamagata Aritomo to create Murin-an’s garden, Ogawa Jihei VII became responsible for the creation of modern Japanese gardens and thereby gained the support of politicians and industrial leaders responsible for wielding power in Japan. This is a book that describes in detail the age when Japanese gardens advanced forward as they incorporated elements from the West.      

2018/03/01 Swedish-language Book on Garden Moss and Murin-an

Swedish journalist Ulrica Nordström has published Mossa – Fran skog till tradgard och kurka, a book about moss. Here she introduces readers to the moss ecology that exists inside gardens and features information about Murin-an, a garden operated and managed by Ueyakato Landscape as well as Ueyakato Landscape President Tomoki Kato.

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An open day at the restoration site of Kyuseki Garden, a Japanese garden dating to the Nara Period, was held welcoming citizens to visit the usually closed parts of the gardens. As UEYAKATO LANDSCAPE is involved in the restoration work, our staff explained the garden and answered many questions the participants had regarding the history,  craftship and handling of garden relicts and stones. 

A special tea ceremony event at Murin-an was featured on NHK TV program

A special tea ceremony event held at Murin-an, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured on NHK TV program “News 845 – Kansai News and weather.” To commemorate the original owner of the villa Aritomo Yamagata, the special Japanese tea ritual as a part of Tea Ceremony training was performed.

 

Jal Skyward

Japan Airlines Inflight-magazine “Skyward” Februrary 2018 featured an interview with our CEO Tomoki Kato. As head of a company that has been in charge for the upkeep of temple and public gardens since 1848, the interview reveals insight how the experience achieved over generations transformed through fostering craftmanship and garden artisans’ training until today. 

Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in “KyotoQR” magazine.

Keihanna Commemorative Park, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured in QR code information magazine “KyotoQR.” Our gardeners and garden office staff take pride in keeping the park where visitors can appreciate natural sceneries and changes of seasons.

 

 

Murin-an was featured in the OZ magazine.

A national scenic beauty, Murin-an, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured in the OZ magazine “Hitori Kyoto Sanpo.” It was introduced as a place to visit, walk through and enjoy Japanese green tea while cycling around the Kyoto. 

A group from JICE international exchange project KAKEHASHI project visited us at Murin-an.

A group from JICE international exchange KAKEHASHI project visited Murin-an. A group of administrators and program managers from the Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon, the US, enjoyed a tea ceremony experience and guided tour of the garden. As a fellow management of Japanese gardens, we appreciated meaningful exchanges of ideas in providing cultural experiences and newly found friendship. 

“Cultural lecture: Get to know Japanese traditional paintings” held at Murin-an was featured in the major newspapers.

“Cultural lecture: Get to know Japanese traditional paintings” held at Murin-an was featured in the Kyoto Shimbun, KBS Kyoto Broadcasting, Yomiuri Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun. UEYAKATO planned this cultural series to introduce the works of Jakaku Itoh and other painters of the Jakuchu school in the natural lights, not inside the protective glass cases, and also especially in the Japanese traditional Sukiya architecture. It was an event where the participants could enjoy the popular paintings in the original settings just like the old times, surrounded by the meticulously cared garden.

Murin-an which UEYAKATO takes care and manages as a designated management was featured in The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Murin-an, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured in The Yomiuri Shimbun. While affluent tourists to Kyoto are on the rise, in order to make visitors feel the charm of the garden more deeply, we provide special guided tours by experienced gardeners who daily care for the garden along with a translator. We will continue to develop services that convey the beauty of Japanese gardens comprehensively so that we can serve the interests of visitors.

 

Keihanna Commemorative Park, which UEYAKATO daily manages, was featured in the Mainichi Shimbun.

Keihanna Commemorative Park, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured in the Mainichi Shimbun. Our staff Yuta Inamoto, who conducts biological surveys, has found flower buds of Petasites japonicus which is a symbol of early spring at the park.  We aim to upkeep the park that lets visitors feel nature that always gets ready for the next season, even in the middle of the cold winter.

 

 

Keihanna Commemorative Park, which UEYAKATO daily manages, was featured in the Mainichi Shimbun.

Keihanna Commemorative Park, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured in the Mainichi Shimbun. In the article, Loropetalum chinense var. rubra and  Rhododendron reticulatum were reported to have started to bloom a few months earlier than usual. Particularly Rhododendron reticulatum is the symbol of spring in Japanese village scenery so it is rare to observe their bloom this time. You can also spot many signs of seasons throughout the park. 

 

 

The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura was featured  in the Kyoto Traditional Products Association magazine.

The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured  in the Kyoto Traditional Products Association magazine “Kyo Noren vol.87.”  The Retreat was the meeting place of important figures of the Meiji era. Iwakura retreated himself there for three years and the historical relics can be viewed in addition to the historic architecture.

 

 

Murin-an was featured in the Panasonic’s new product Panasonic 4K Camcorder’s promotion video.

Murin-an was featured in the Panasonic’s new product Panasonic 4K Camcorder‘s promotion video as a beautiful signature view of Kyoto. The footage is about international tourists touring Kyoto including the scenes which the female tourist enjoying the autumn foliage in the Murin-an garden. Our gardeners thrive to keep tradition and technique through fostering gardens, pass down and preserve its beauty so that more local and overseas tourists could enjoy Japanese gardens in the future.