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Research Center for Japanese Garden Art Announces 2001 Intensive Seminar


Last Updated: 9/19/2000

The Research Center for Japanese Garden Art is pleased to announce the fifth 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 Japanís finest gardens. They 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 seminar will be held October 22 - November 3, 2001.

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 construction.

The core staff of the seminar will include teachers from the Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Hiromasa Amasaki, Ph.D., Director of the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Vice-President of the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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 Japanese Flowering Cherries.

Marc P. Keane, landscape architect/garden designer, author of Japanese Garden Design, and sixteen year resident of Kyoto.

Many other professors and professionals who will join us as guests.

The cost of the two week intensive course is 260,000 Japanese yen ($2,360 US at •110/$1). 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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