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4th Annual Japanese Garden Intensive Seminar in Kyoto


Contact: j-gar@land.kyoto-art.ac.jp
Last Updated: 5/20/2000

The 4th annual JAPANESE GARDEN INTENSIVE SEMINAR IN KYOTO has been announced for June 19 - July 1, 2000 and application materials have been released. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about the gardens of Japan first-hand. The application is below:
June 19th -- July 1st, 2000

The Research Center for Japanese Garden Art is pleased to announce the
fourth annual English language intensive course in the history, design
theory, and practice of the Japanese Garden. Located in the ancient capital
of Kyoto (which is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Cities)
the Center is within easy access of hundreds of Japan's finest gardens. We
are now in the process of accepting applications for review and selection.
In order to provide a maximum of personal attention, the course will be
limited to a maximum of only 25 students.

The Research Center for Japanese Garden Art is associated with the Kyoto
College of Art, and the Kyoto University of Art and Design. The aim of the
Center is to integrate various research regarding the Japanese garden:
history, design, aesthetics, archaeology, and traditional gardening
techniques.  The Center actively supports contacts with garden construction
firms and gives advice to authorities that maintain historic garden sites
in Japan.  For the students of the College and University, the Center acts
as a place to practice or gain experience in one of the many aspects of the
field, and for professors and professionals, the Center is a place where
theory and practice meet.  

The program is a two week intensive seminar that affords serious students
from abroad a number of unique opportunities to study the Japanese garden.
Most days will be divided between  morning site visits and afternoon
lectures on campus, although there will be several all-day excursions as
well. An outstanding feature of the course is the wide range of gardens
that are scheduled to be visited, spanning the historical range from
prehistoric sacred spaces to modern Japanese gardens, including several
gardens that are not usually open to the public. Through lectures, and
on-site interpretation, the gardens will be presented in the context of the
cultural forces that shaped their development. The seminar will also
include on-site sessions with professional gardeners to experience, first
hand, the techniques and process of Japanese garden design and

The core staff of the seminar will include teachers from the Kyoto College
of Art and the Kyoto University of Art and Design: Hiromasa Amasaki, Ph.D.,
Director of the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and President of
the Kyoto College of Art; Makoto Nakamura, Ph.D., professor of landscape
architecture, and designer of the Japanese garden at the Dawes arboretum,
Ohio; Jiro Takei, Chairman of the Academic Society of Japanese Garden and
noted researcher on the Sakuteiki; Dr. Wybe Kuitert BNT, guest professor of
landscape architecture and author of Themes, Scenes, and Taste in the
History of Japanese Garden Art; and Marc P. Keane, landscape
architect/garden designer, author of Japanese Garden Design, and sixteen
year resident of Kyoto; as well as many other professors and professionals
who will  join us as guests.

The cost of the two week intensive course is 250,000 Japanese yen ($2,000
US at 125yen/1.00dollar US).  This course fee covers all lectures, course
materials provided in Japan, housing for the duration of the two week
course (13 nights), transportation fees to and from gardens within Japan,
as well as basic medical insurance while participating in the course.
Housing will be arranged by the Center at a convenient temple or inn
(please note: breakfast will be included with the housing but other meals
must be arranged for individually).


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