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.

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

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Murin-an was featured on the Japanese BS Nippon TV program.

Murin-an, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured on the Japanese BS Nippon TV program. The hostesses of the show discussed the food culture of Kyoto on the second floor of the main building overlooking the autumn view of the garden.

 

 

A memoir by an intern who trained with UEYAKATO was featured in a hobby magazine.

A memoir of an intern whom we had in last June was published in a hobby magazine. His training experience creating a miniature garden in the Keihanna Commemorative Park, which UEYAKATO manages and guided tour at Murin-an were featured in the memoir. We continue to improve our educational system to provide opportunities for more people to learn the basics of Japanese gardens.

 

Murin-an was featured in the JR Tokai blog.

Murin-an, which UEYAKATO takes care and operates as a designated management, was featured on the blog of JR Tokai “Yes! Let’s go to Kyoto!.” The blog introduced how to appreciate the stone arrangements which can be enjoyed exclusively in winter without the distraction of other elements as well as seasonal events and decoration.

 

 

 

 

Global magazine “Monocle”

An interview with our company President Tomoki Kato was featured in a global magazine “The Monocle Travel Guide Series 27 – Kyoto.”  He touched upon our company history dating back to the Edo period and how we preserve and nurture the technique which creates Japanese traditional spatial structure as garden artisans. He also introduced a national cultural asset Murin-an which UEYAKATO takes care and operates.

 

 

 

Our President Tomoki Kato and Gardener Kenta Deguchi were featured in the JR Tokai monthly magazine “Hitotoki.”

Our President Tomoki Kato and Gardener Kenta Deguchi were featured in the JR Tokai Shinkansen monthly magazine “Hitotoki – January 2018 edition.” The featured article about “Beauty of Kyoto and what sustains it behind the scenes” was in a format where described to a traveler Mr. Masaomi Kondo. With Murin-an as an example, the principal of the garden technique which is to create and nurture the intended scenery, while looking as if no human had ever touched, was introduced.

 

 

 

A column by our architect Fumiyo Yoshida was featured in the Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association magazine.

A column “Food Education, Seasons and Landscape” written by our architect Fumiyo Yoshida was featured in the magazine “Urban Park No. 219” issued by the Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association. She writes about her knowledge and senses naturally acquired from country living and also experiences to feel how to grow rice and vegetables through different seasons first hand. She also mentioned how her child-rearing and ideas for education are practiced and formed by all the experiences.