2019/01/15 Murin-an Event Featured in Kyoto Shimbun

2019/01/15 Murin-an Event Featured in Kyoto Shimbun

Kyoto Shimbun, Kyoto’s leading local newspaper,  has featured “Murin-an’s World of Precious Woods and Timber, No. 2 (Cultural Property Seminar, Technical Series, No.7),” an event held at Murin-an garden, which Ueyakato Landscape operates as its designated manager. For this event, we walked around Murin-an’s main building and tearoom—actual examples of sukiya architecture—while listening to explanations from Professor Shigeru Sugasawa, a visiting researcher at Kogakuin University, and precious woods expert Noriko Nakagawa about their timber materials. While Murin-an’s architecture may look plain on first glance, the more we learn about craftsmen’s techniques, the more we can feel the depth and spirit of play in the architecture’s craftsmanship. This was a seminar that changed the way we look at Murin-an’s buildings and garden and allowed us to appreciate them with an even greater sense of fascination.  

 

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.

2018/09/01 Unit Construction Method Featured in Landscape Design

The unit construction method of pavement, a landscape construction technology developed by Ueyakato Landscape, is featured in Landscape Design, No.122. We have been improving and refining this technology since 2013 and plan to continue applying it to our garden creation efforts to open up even greater possibilities for Japanese garden landscape construction. 

 

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.   

 

2018/03/01 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.

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. 

“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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Our young gardener, Miss Sanae Handa was featured in the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. magazine.

Our young gardener, Miss Sanae Handa was featured in the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. magazine “Yaku.” The article introduced her career choice of a gardener, daily work, and worksite Murin-an as a female gardener.

UEYAKATO continues to make efforts to educate and nurture young gardeners who will spread the beauty of Japanese gardens to many and to the future generations.

 

 

The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura was featured in an article of the Yomiuri Shimbun “Memory of Ishin.”

The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura was featured in an article of the Yomiuri Shimbun “Memory of Ishin – The Great Command of the Restoration of the 1868 Restoration of Imperial Rule.” It is featured article for Meiji Restoration 150 year anniversary next year and described Iwakura’s active involvement and his retreat as one of the most significant scenes during the restoration. The retreat was visited by the notables such as Ryoma Sakamoto, Shintaro Nakaoka, Toshimichi Okubo and played the important role as the transition of the periods. The beautiful picture of autumn leaves of the Iwakura Retreat was also posted.

 

 

Malaysia’s free paper “Wattention”

Murin-an, which we manage and operate as a designated management company, was featured in a Malaysia’s free paper “Wattention.”  With many historically and culturally important spots in Kyoto,  we feel honored to have Murin-an introduced, at where you can experience the aesthetics of Japanese garden.