Collaborative poster with the Kyoto Department of Transport
In collaboration with the Kyoto City Department of Transport, new posters with the Department’s anime character inside Murin-an were posted across stations. With the Higashiyama mountains in the background, the character sits on the veranda of the Japanese building, while two of our gardeners and another character are in the back on the small wild flower hills.
Ueyakato Landscape gardeners lectured at a 12-day seminar at the International Japanese Garden Training Center of Portland Japanese Garden, USA. The newly established facility and its flagship program “Waza to Kokoro” (Hands and Heart) opened to landscape students and professionals to learn the skills and techniques for creating Japanese gardens and also to delve further into Japanese culture through Japanese tea and food. Besides in-class lectures on history and design, participants created actual garden sites under the guidance of both locals and professionals from Japan such as our gardeners. We truly appreciate having been invited by the Training Center and the great enthusiasm of the participants, enabling an enriching dialogue and exchange on Japanese Garden artistry.
Murin-an‘s event “Learn the basics of Noh (classical Japanese musical drama)” was featured in the Kyoto Shimbun. Throughout the year we offer events promoting and expressing the value of the garden. We will continue to establish a diverse cultural program to enjoy the rich facets of Japanese culture connected to Japanese garden artistry.
A Kyoto Machiya-style private residence with small gardens that Ueyakato created and has been fostering was featured in an architecture magazine. The Japanese gardens were introduced as unique features complimenting the newly reconstructed architecture, which could be a model for Kyoto-style buildings desired by heritage conscious Japanese and foreigners alike.
Both historical sights Nanzenji Temple and Murin-an were featured in the BS Asahi tv program “Hyakuji Jyunrei”. The striking footage of the view from the second story of the Sanmon (a large temple gate), sub-temples and their Zen gardens were shown. A highlight was the unique combination of the Roman inspired Suirokaku (a waterway landmark) and the surrounding Japanese traditional scenery. At Murin-an, our veteran garden craftsman Sakaue introduced the aesthetic points of the garden.
Murin-an was featured as a pioneer of modern Japanese gardens design in The Nikkei. The article sheds light on the historical importance of the garden and explained its characteristics in detail. Also introduced are our recent events to show visitors the preciousness of the garden and our efforts to foster it since becoming the designated management. The long-term fostering management is essential to keep historical sights viable. We, Ueyakato, will continue to devote time and effort to precise garden management and making gardens accessible to all our visitors.
The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura which Ueyakato operates, is featured in guide booklets issued in commemoration of the 150 year anniversary of the restoration of imperial rule. The booklets provide model tour routes to visit historical sites and places where you can collect stamps along the way. We look forward to welcoming you on the route to the former residence of the prominent politician Tomomi Iwakura of the Meiji era.
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.
The summer event “Fun in the forest”, featured both in the Yomiuri Shimbun and Kyoto Shimbun, was held in the “Budding Tree Forest” section of the Keihanna Commemorative Park. At the park, you can enjoy a diverse wild flora. On this special occasion, children were invited to have fun with a swing and ladders set on the trees during their summer holidays.
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.
The discovery of an endangered species Stizus pulcherrimus by our staff member Inamoto at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in the Mainichi Shimbun. This wasp is registered on the Red List of threatened species issued by the Ministry of the Environment. At Keihanna, we strive to provide and protect diverse habitat for wild plants and animals.
Todaiji Gakuen Junior High School students came to Keihanna Memorial Park for a workplace tour. Our gardener Tomohiko Muto, who is park director and in charge of the overall landscape, introduced the park, how it is managed and what role it plays. Although it was a hot summer day, the students listened attentively and got a look behind the scenes of a park managing site.
Murin-an was featured in a monthly publication on tea called “Cha-no-Ma” (August issue), described as a place where delicious Japanese green tea is served in Kyoto all year around. Every bowl of Matcha is made for each guest with great care. Cold Matcha is also available during hot summer months. Please check our various tea events, including tea ceremonies and workshops at the Tea House inside the garden.
Murin-an was featured in a travel magazine called “Tabi-no-Techo” as a leading modern Japanese garden, drawing in the water from Lake Biwa canal. The magazine introduces Murin-an as creation of the noted garden craftsman Jihei Ogawa VII and a representative of transient sensibility of the Meiji period. Please ask at the reception for a 10-minute guided tour offered free of charge anytime of the day.
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.
The endangered species Charophyceae growing at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in The Mainichi Shimbun. The algae, now on the Red List of threatened species, used to be seen across the nation in ponds and paddy fields, but use of chemicals and modern land cultivation methods have led to near extinction. At Keihanna, rice is grown organically and in the traditional wet fields, so plants like Charophyceae can still grow in their natural habitat.
The daylily flowering at Keihanna Commemorative Park was featured in ”The Mainichi Shimbun”. The night-blooming yellow flower that lasts no more than 24 hours started opening in the evening. Our staff Inamoto, the expert for biological surveys in the park, explained the beautiful characteristics of the flower.
Ueyakato welcomed a group of Buddhist monks, who work as probation officers in their communities, to Murin-an. Referring to a talk given the day before, our president Tomoki Kato explained the characteristics of Murin-an as a cultural asset and showed examples of our garden fostering efforts. Blessed by good weather the participants could afterwards enjoy the tour through the garden by a Murin-an staff despite being rainy season.
Our president Tomoki Kato made a presentation at a workshop for Buddhist monks, who also contribute to their communities as probation officers. It was our pleasure to get involved in the educational programs for public servants and we hope the talk on Kyoto gardens, their life force and how they are nurtured and taken care of at Ueyakato may be enriching for their work.
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.