Japanese Gardening Organization
The Japanese Gardening Organization is a multinational, non-profit organization spreading the benefits of Japanese gardening for individuals, groups, communities, and society. Our Goal is to promote the advancement of the knowledge, appreciation, and application of Japanese gardening through online resources and programs with roots in international resources and expertise.
Imagine that someone has wiped clean the pattern in the gravel at Ryoanji and handed you the rake with the instructions, “Make whatever pattern you think best.” What pattern would you rake? What patterns wouldn’t you dare to rake, and why not? What would you do in this situation?
In Part II of the treatise on raking the sands of karesansui, Martin McKellar and Andrew R. Deane describe a journey of discovery, both personal and professional, in pursuit of understanding the meaning and methods of raking the sands of karesansui.
JGO welcomes submissions of articles and essays for consideration. Send to email@example.com.
A Remarkable Invitation:
You are invited to join in a select group of people to participate in building a memorial Japanese Garden to commemorate victims of tsunami/earthquake of March 11, 2011 in Tohoku, Japan. The garden building project is organized by Japanese Garden Association as a 5 year program. You will receive training from traditional Japanese gardeners who supervise building. You will meet young Japanese gardeners from all around Japan as well. Find more information here.
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THE JAPANESE GARDENS IN NEW YORK
GARDEN HISTORY SYMPOSIUM & GARDEN TOUR
The Pocantico Center and the Japanese Garden at Kykuit Brooklyn Botanic Garden . Innisfree Garden Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
October 1 and 2, 2015
With its tall buildings and “urban canyons,” New York may seem like the last place for Japanese gardens. On the contrary, NYC and surrounding areas produced more Japanese gardens than almost any other part of North America. Many of these gardens are long gone, but a few compelling and important historic gardens survive.
Join the North American Japanese Garden Association in a two-day event that will reveal New York’s fascinating legacy in Japanese gardens and culture. We will survey the vanished gardens of long ago and more importantly, bring to the fore the histories and challenges of preserving and utilizing those gardens that still exist.
Garden professionals, scholars and enthusiasts can glean some practical wisdom from these case studies of how mature private and public gardens, between 50 to 100 years old, are surviving and thriving. You will learn directly from the experience of the specialists who care for and manage these gardens. By diving into New York’s rich past, we can better understand the role of Japanese gardens in the future.
For more information, see http://najga.org/New-York-2015.
Events & Education
Learn how to work with bamboo, prune pines, or build a Japanese garden in events around the world in the events calendar and via discussions in the Japanese gardening forums.
Building a library or just researching how to build your dry landscape? Search books and publications on Japanese gardening here. You can also find reviews on Japanese gardening books and purchase them with a percentage going to support JGO at no addition cost!
Chaji - A Formal Tea Ceremony
A wonderful five part series on the “Way of Tea” by Elliot Mitchnick, Associate Professor of Urasenke, the 400 year old tradition of Tea headquartered in Kyoto, Japan is presented in Chaji, A Formal Tea Ceremony. (If you have Japanese enabled on your browser, you will see most tea terms with their kanji. In addition, most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.)
The essential relationship between architecture and garden is discussed in Ka-tei, Japanese Architecture, Japanese Garden. Japanese carpenter, Chris Hall, gives an overview of the relationships between house and garden in traditional Japanese residential architecture. (If you have Japanese enabled on your browser, you will see most terms with their kanji, and most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.)
A profile of a sister city garden, Kumamoto En Japanese Garden, created in partnership with Japanese designers and craftsmen and US craftsmen. This is a detailed walking tour with the names and descriptions of the garden features linked to definitions, English, Romaji, and Kanji names as well.
In his article, Japanese Gardens: Notes on Perspectives, Perceptions & Synthesis, Andrew R. Deane shares his thoughts on how to “see” a Japanese Garden.
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Wow – impressive number of people interested in Japanese Gardening. So many questions, answers and ideas happen here through literally thousands of conversations! Where else you would find this conversation? But this last number - the only ones paying the bill – is a little worrying. There are no huge corporate sponsors, only us. Please help bump this number up. JGO is 100% non-profit and every dollar goes to development and sustaining the resources.
Your donations are tax deductible.
About Japanese Gardening Organization -
The Japanese Gardening Organization (JGO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization spreading the benefits of Japanese gardening for individuals, groups, communities, and society. JGO provides educational resources to foster the exchange of culture, knowledge, appreciation and application of Japanese gardening, striving for the highest level of accurate information and resources for Japanese gardening. This organization is supported completely by donations. Your gifts are tax deductible.