April 2015 – “LANDSCAPE DESIGN” No.102 published by MARUMO PUBLISHING Co., Ltd went on sale. The magazine published an article about our company’s design and construction of the “Okazaki Villa – Revival Project of a Japanese Garden.” The garden was originally made in the Taisho period. We were able to revive the villa around the concept of “harmonizing garden and building” through in-depth discussions meetings with the owner and designing team from the planning stage. 

“Okazaki Villa – Revival Project of a Japanese Garden”

The 2nd Kyoto Garden Tours by Ichizokai

April 10 (Fri) – 11 (Sat), 2015 – the 2nd Kyoto Garden Tours by Ichizokai was held. On Friday, the tour of Kyozomekaikan, Arashiyama Villa, and HOSHINOYA Kyoto gardens are ones our company created and continue to foster. President Kato lead the tour along with our garden craftsmen who took part in the garden’s creation and care; Mitsuru Yamaguchi, Masanori Hashimoto, Yasutomo Inoue, Hiroya Hayashi, Daisuke Umenishi, and Yumi Koyama. Our craftsmen conducted the guide from their real experiences in designing, creating, and caring for the gardens.

Famous Murin-an Garden Year-round Maintenance and Care

April 2015 issue of Landscape Research Japan Vol. 78 in the 2015 technical report, a research essay of one of our skilled garden craftsman Tomio Sakaue and President Kato was published. The essay is about Murin-an Garden, which we care for year-round. Essay title: Famous Murin-an Garden Your-round Maintenance and Care – Garden Care that Carrys-on Aritomo Yamagata’s Vision and Sensitivity –

Murin-an Essay (PDF)

Shosei-en Garden Award

March 5, 2015 (Thur) – President Tomoki Kato conducted a lecture at the Shosei-en Garden Award ceremony organized by the Non-Profit Foundation for Preservation of Kyoto’s Cultural Sightseeing Resources. The lecture covered a garden craftsman’s scenic viewpoint of a garden, how to foster a garden, scenery transition over a course of 350 years, and also some technical views from a researcher’s stance.

NPO Preservation of Kyoto’s Cultural Sightseeing Resources (event flyer)

World Famous French Garden Craftsman Mr. Gilles Clément

Feb. 24, 2015 – President Tomoki Kato met with Mr. Gilles Clément, a world famous French garden craftsman, and guided him through one of the gardens we foster, Murin-an Garden located along the street towards Nanzen-ji Temple.
  Part of the tour in Murin-an Garden is in a video that is on the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) homepage under events.

RIHN homepage – article on Mr. Gilles Clément’s lecture series
February 2015 – leaflet of Mr. Gilles Clément’s lecture series (PDF)
President Tomoki Kato and Mr. Gilles Clément in Murin-an (video)

【Insight×Japan】 Ms. Ayumi Ikushima’s Web Site

Web magazine 【Insight×Japan】 by Ms. Ayumi Ikushima, R&D coordinator and English-French-Japanese interpreting guide specializing in Japanese gardens and food. The web site’s celebratory first interview to be published is on President Kato.
  The web site introduces specialists in various genres of Japanese culture.
  We hope you enjoy the article and information on the web site.

Insight×Japan  Insight x Japan – article of President Tomoki Kato

NHK TV – “Ouen Document Ashita wa Docchida”

In this documentary series, “Ouen Document Ashita wa Docchida,” the J-pop boys band Kanjani∞ (eight) cheer-on hard working people.
    On Feb. 17, 2015 (Tue.), the spotlight was on Mr. Yosuke Ohta, a young skilled Japanese garden craftsman. The show closely covers Mr. Ohta’s days of training during his 3rd year in the field as a “28 year-old struggling in a world with so much depth.” We hope you enjoyed the show.
    Broadcast: Every Tuesdays 10:55 p.m. – 11:20 p.m.
    Rerun:        Every Tuesdays 4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

NHK Sougo – “Ashita wa Docchi”

Ichizokai Issue No.49 (“Kyoto Garden Tours” Info)

The January 2015 issue of Ichizokai. In the event column, there is information about the event we assisted “Kyoto Garden Tours” by Kyoto Kenshu Kai. President Tomoki Kato was introduced as commentator and our skilled staff, Haruhi Yoshitake is mentioned as an assistant.
  On another page is a more in-depth article about the wonderful Kyoto Kenshu Kai activities.

Ichizokai Issue No.49 (Jan. 2015) – Kyoto Kenshu Kai report (2014)

Ichizokai Issue No.49 (Jan. 2015)

The Ichizokai Issue No.49 (January 2015) has an article covering the Ichizokai Award meeting held on October 24, 2014.
  2 of our wonderfully skilled staff are in the article, Yasutomo Inoue and Yumi Koyama, who received the grand award of excellence in 2014.
  In the column “My Work Site,” one of our garden craftsmen, Tomohiko Muto, wrote about his passionate fostering garden work he does at Keihanna Commemorative Park. We hope you can sense his passion and devotion to the park from the article.

Ichizokai Issue No.49 (Jan. 2015) – award
“My Work Site” (Tomohiko Muto)

The “庭NIWA” magazine

The “庭NIWA” magazine published an article on the attractions of gardens and Cultural Heritage garden restoration. The article introduced our involvement in the restoration of two Kyoto cultural heritage gardens; Aoiden-teien and Kasuien-teien located at THE WESTIN MIYAKO KYOTO hotel.
(The “庭NIWA” magazine is published by an architecture material R&D company)

Japan Landscape Contractors Association Newsletter 2014 December Issue

The Japan Landscape Contractors Association Newsletter 2014 December issue introduces President Tomoki Kato in a column, “being a member of the Japan Landscape Contractors Association and a member of the Japan Institute of Landscape Architecture.”
There is also a column on one of our skilled staff, Haruhi Yoshitake, “Otsukemono (pickle) culture shock.”

JLCA Newsletter 2014 December Issue

Kyoto Villas – Vivid Autumn and Winter Meditation

December 6, 2014 (Sat) – Takeshi Kato assisted the NHK BS Premium TV show filming of “there is such a place like this – Vivid Autumn Colors and Meditative Aura of Winter.” One of the gardens we foster, Tairyu-Sanso, was introduced in the program.


On Nov. 26 (Wed), 2014 an interview on Yasutomo Inoue (one of our garden craftsmen) about being a garden craftsman; the other face of hospitality, and his active role in the success of the HOSHINOYA Kyoto garden. The interview was published in a boook “Daremo Shiranakatta Hoshino Resort Kodawari Nihon Tabi” (rough translation: specifically selected travel course of Japan via the Hoshino Resort that nobody knows) by SHUEISHA publishing company.

November 8, 2014 (Sat.) – Our company is designated to manage and care for the Keihanna Commemorative Park. The park director, Takashi Yamaguchi, participated in the “Keihanna information fair Mahoroba-Keihanna SSH Science Festival” held at the Keihanna Plaza. He was also the commentator for the poster presentation by the community’s high school scientific research project. 

2014 Environmental Study Sessions for Elementary Students

2014 – The Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted environmental study sessions for elementary students. Our staff, Mayumi Ida and Yosuke Ohta led the lecture on the symbiotic relationship of plants and animals as well as a quiz rally theme on “enjoying observation of nature.” Thank you to the elementary staff for having us.

Sept. 30, 2014 (Tues.) – Shimogamo Elementary School
Oct. 30, 2014 (Thurs.) – Mukaijimaminami Elementary School
Nov. 4, 2014 (Tues.) – Kamitakano Elementary School


Study the Garden Craftsman’s Technique by Touring Kurodani KonkaiKomyo-ji Temple and Visiting Shimogamo Shrine to Pray

On October 31,2014, President Tomoki Kato gave a lecture and conducted a guide to Kurodani KonkaiKomyo-ji Temple and Shimogamo Shrine.
  Title “study for the craftsman’s techique at Kurodani KonkaiKomyo-ji Temple and visiting the Shimogamo shrine to worship.”

Garden Tour Guiding at an Event Hosted by JTB Nodule and Maimai Kyoto

On October 25, 2014, President Tomoki Kato and one of our garden craftsman, Tomio Sakaue, conducted a guided tour at Nanzen-ji Temple and Murin-an Garden for an event hosted by JTB Nodule and Maimai Kyoto.

Ichizokai at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

October 24, 2014 – The project by Yumi Koyama and Yasutomo Inoue, “specialized hospitality by garden craftsmen at Hoshinoya Kyoto” received the grand award of excellence from Ichizokai (certified nationwide 1st class landscape gardening work operation and management engineers associates). The announcement took place at Hibiya Park (Tokyo).
  We will continue to work hard to provide high quality experiences from garden craftsmen style hospitality.

Specialized hospitality by garden craftsmen at HOSHINOYA Kyoto
  Ichizokai – 9th Award Ceremony