Starting of training center in North America – Niwaki and Japanese gardens

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That comes ! The Academy of Japanese pruning and creation of Japanese gardens “Sublime SUKIYA” exports itself ! So first time Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.comabroad, and to start in QUEBEC for the East of North America.

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After flying over the magnificent St. Laurent Bay and its many islands, landing in Montreal, I discovered “for real” a beautiful space in the countryside and newly acquired, with a natural pond, a small deciduous forest, magnificent mature trees and many other things, with tremendous potential for the creation of various Japanese gardens and the culture of niwaki …

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Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

… in the bucolic environment of the pretty little town of Mont St Grégoire.

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Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

After the last preparations before the arrival of the trainees, we went to fetch the trees reserved at the nursery. A dreamy place … with platforms filled with beautiful subjects to endless!

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This session 2017 began with the course “Basics of Japanese pruning”…

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… to continue with that of “Pines – sinuous trunk” …

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… and the opportunity to work on a first subject already in place for several years in the garden, a red pine of North America(pinus resinosa) …

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… and another very tall pine positioned at the edge of the pond, whose development led us to the creation of a “literaty pine” style.

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I would like to thank Nicole (coming from the USA), Robert, Hugo and Benoît for their warm welcome and/or their participation in the courses, as well as their confidence …

Without forget Baya, our pretty, tender and so affectionate mascot…

New video – Ephemeral nikaniwa

         A new video – an ephemeral nakaniwa, a reflection of nature, a metaphor of a small stream flowing over the mossy soil of an undergrowth, created with the dean (aged 72) of the students of the Academy “Sublime SUKIYA” – is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE !

To watch it, rendez-vous at this adress :
http://www.japanese-garden-institute.com/elearning/

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Looking forward to having you among the community of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy (prev. NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN) … !

Nature, inspiration, sublimation … the spirit of the Japanese garden

         In view of such a lack of sensitivity, I believe that I will never repeat it enough … Limiting oneself to the form, this is understand nothing about the Japanese garden … Focusing on the purchase of a lantern or a basin, this is miss its spirit … Densifying vegetation on a branch upward, this is grasp nothing about the essence of Japanese pruning …

The real Japanese garden is nature imagined and sublimated by the hand of human !

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After learning about technique, aesthetics and philosophy, nature will be your first source of inspiration. It is simply and purely energy, the latter will then be born by running the mountain and the craggy rocks, patiently and lovingly covered with lichens and moss, discovering a cascade at the turn of a path, by treading upon the mossy soil of a wet undergrowth loaded with humus scent in the middle of the ferns, playing hide and seek with the rays of the sun through a cascading pine branch overhanging your point of view … And not in sitting in front of your television or watching Facebook for hours !

In the case of a cascade and its stream, for example, nature does not stack the stones regularly, nor according to their size or shape. These are only human considerations and constructions …

The quality of your creations in Japanese garden will be determined by your ability to create or recreate natural arrangements. As long as one detects your hand, even in spite of the finest materials, as above, you will only be on the way …

And as a teacher, my goal is to take you to excellence. This type of creation is now also available through a new course at Academy “Sublime SUKIYA”, with an additional level of application difficulty.

Result of Contest 2017 – Frederique DUMAS – Niwaki & Co

        Last spring, I had placed a Contest, which ran from 1 March to 30 June 2017, with the possibility of winning this superb set below : a 270mm Japanese hand pruning scissors and a matching leather case with a metal clip, worth €182.

By Facebook, e-mail or telephone, you have been numerous to participate (more of fifty in all), I thank you, it made me very happy …! Several people succeeded in the challenge and won gifts …

The happy winner of the final draw, which took place as scheduled on 30 June, is called Andrea WEBER. She was the originator of the registration of another Quebecer on two courses of Japanese pruning in next September in the North America Training Center. This charming person, obviously living in Quebec, in the beautiful region of Témiscamingue, I will add the photo of the handing-over of the tools set a little later. I will be only near Montreal in September and for now it’s a bit far … just for a picture !

But for the moment, here is her reaction on Facebook :

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I already give you RDV in March 2018 … for a new challenge !

Transparency Japanese pruning – Sukashi sentei

         As I already explained in my last book Niwaki and Japanese Gardens published by Editions Eyrolles (only in French for the moment), the pruning in transparency or sukashi sentei represents the ultimate in Japanese pruning.

For example, here is this type of pruning made in Japan on a dogwood (cornus kousa).

                                                                BEFORE

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                                                                AFTER

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Is not it just superb ?

If you want to apply this kind of elegant pruning to your garden, I suggest you a course in France at the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy to learn how to practice it on evergreen in next January 2018 and on deciduous trees in next July 2018, or at its training Center in North America, in next September 2018. Contact Me .

A big thank you to Kameyama san.

Course of “tamamono” and “karikomi” creation

         The tamamono or karikomi are important elements of the Japanese garden. In addition to the enormous advantage of structuring space, they represent all the soft, rounded bushes that can be found in nature, located between the level of shrubs and that of the ground cover.

Some of the most beautiful tamamono of Japan are found in the garden of the Adachi Museum, very well known …

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As for karikomi, it is easier to find in virtually all gardens in Japan …

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But getting beautiful tamamono, a spherical bush, or karikomi of more organic form remains a challenge and is not within the reach of all the shears. For some people, this is the most difficult pruning. It requires enormous aptitudes, such as three-dimensional vision, good understanding of space, precision, finesse of perception, correct estimation of dimensions and proportions, … etc.

To help you become familiar with this specific pruning, I offer you a workshop entirely devoted to it, where you will learn to create them, but also to maintain them, partly on the site of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy where you create your own tamamono

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… And partly in the surrounding woods. Explaination…

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Demonstration and fine finishing…

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And put into practice !

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Japanese gardens e.learning – training videos already in line…

        Your e-learning Platform JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE to learn Japanese gardens and niwaki creation, authentic and traditional, exists since 2015, Mai 1st.

She started with a dozen videos on beautiful gardens in Japan, craftsmen, the tsubo-niwa of Shizen no sei Garden … and since, others have come to complete them. Thirty videos are now available for you.

Apart from the videos reserved for subscribers, accessible for a modest sum equivalent to 15 € per year, you already have at your disposal to purchase the Basics of Japanese pruning, Creation of spherical or organic bushes tamamono and other karikomi and the operation of pinching of pine buds or midoritsumi. About Japanese garden, you already have the Basics, as the art of setting stones or ishi-gumi and the creation of a bamboo border made by Japanese gardeners.

I inform you that I’m working on the creation of two training videos, the first one about the creation and building of a tsukubai and another one about the creation of a pine niwaki, which will be available to you in the coming months.

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New video – Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji

         A new video – all the gardens of Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji temple of Kyoto – is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE !

To watch it, rendez-vous at this adress :
http://www.japanese-garden-institute.com/elearning/

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Looking forward to having you among the community of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy (prev. NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN) … !

New video – Giō-ji garden

         A new video – the garden of Giō-ji temple in Kyoto – is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE !

To watch it, rendez-vous at this adress :
http://www.japanese-garden-institute.com/elearning/

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Looking forward to having you among the community of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy (prev. NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN) … !