New video – Kasui-en

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE, the Kasui-en garden, the excellence in Sukiya style and contemporary Japanese garden with “100% natural” spirit. A small secret space to visit absolutely … Enjoy it !

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

Video Kasui-en - contemporary Japanese garden - Kyoto - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

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

New video – Ruriko-in

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE, the Ruriko-in garden, a little gem nest in a maples forest. A secret garden almost impossible to visit, only open few weeks per year. Enjoy it !

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

Video Ruriko-in - tea garden - Kyoto - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

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

An article in the american magazine SUKIYA LIVING

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         I would like to thank “SUKIYA LIVING” Magazine and its owner Douglas Mc ROTH for asking me to write an article in the last issue, alongside major players in the Japanese garden across the Atlantic, American or Japanese origin.

It was with great pleasure and lot of humility that I made my contribution by expressing what seemed to me the most accurate through my experience with my students in studying the Japanese garden for over a decade.

I also take this opportunity to thank my successive Japanese masters whose presence has distilled me over time the importance of a subtle approach to all this beauty, that I am able today, managed to letting go and to the expression of my own style, to transcribe in my creations.

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Sublime Sukiya Academy - training center north america - niwaki and japanese gardens - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

Training Center in North America 2018 – Niwaki and Japanese gardens

         Following the success of last year, I give you an appointment again in next September in the Training Center of North America, in Canada. It will be located more precisely at Mont St Gregoire, on the outskirts of Montreal, Quebec.

This second training session will offer you four different courses, with three places per course :
    – Japanese pruning basics, from 2018, 12 to 14th September,
    – Advanced course – pines pruning and creation of sinuous trunks, the 15 & 16th,
    – Advanced course – deciduous pruning in transparency, the 19 & 20th,
    – Basics of Japanese gardens creating “setting stones”, the 21 & 22th.

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In order for these courses to be planed and calculated with participation in my travel expenses that is affordable for all, it is necessary that there be at least 8 participations in total (some people can follow several courses in succession if they desire).

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All details of organization are communicated to you on simple request. If you desire to have more information about the courses, you can already see on this page of my website, that describing these which take place in France, on the site of “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy. About prices, you will find them here. You can also contact me by e-mail or by phone. However, I need to know quickly if you want to participate, so the deadline registration is the next February 28 th. In the event that the minimum number of 8 people is not reached by this date, the 2018 session will be postponed to next year.

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Sublime Sukiya Academy - training center north america - niwaki and japanese gardens - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

If you want to get a glimpse of what happened last year, you can find out about on this page. Looking forward to meeting you soon !

Contest 2018 – Frederique DUMAS – Niwaki & Co

        I inform you that I organize, as the last year, a Contest, between February 1st and June 30th, 2018. This last day will be the lucky draw of the winner of the selected gift for this year, a Basics course in Japanese pruning (which can exceptionally be converted into an advanced training course under certain conditions, if the winner has already taken this course), with a value of 564 €. But all the participants, not only the lucky one, will be able to win gifts !

In 2017, Andrea Weber, who lives in Quebec, in the Temiscamingue region, was the lucky winner of the set consisting of a large model of Japanese secateur-scissor and its matching leather cover, while Danièle LE GOFF in Brittany received a pretty Japanese pruning shears for his little hands, mentionning only the biggest gifts !

So, on your marks … ready …

Contest 2018 - Jeu concours 2018 - Niwaki & Co - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

If you want to join us, contact me, and I can send you the terms of participation and the rules of this contest.

I wish you good luck !

New video – The plans of your Japanese gardens

         A new training video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE, the the creation of your Japanese garden’s plans. An essential step for the success of its design ! I offer you a starting price of 12€ instead of 15€ !

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

Training video - Plans of your japanese garden - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

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

Gardens in Japan – when refinement is lost in favor of bad taste…

         For several years, from few isolated cases, I have to deplore a situation in Japan that spreads now like wildfire …

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But what horror ! It is becoming anything !!! A huge show !
Where are the Japanese refinement and elegance, sobriety …? It looks like Disneyland, it misses only Mickey !!!
And then, make beautiful pictures the day, it’s over … There are more big black cables and spots, than niwaki and moss now !!!
Junichirô Tanizaki surely turns in his grave…

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Sincerely, hurry to go to Japan before it’s too late!

New video – Ōbai-in

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE, the Ōbai-in garden, made by the famous tea master Sen no rikyu. A secret garden almost impossible to visit where photos and videos are normally prohibited. Enjoy it !

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

Video Ōbai-in - tea garden - Kyoto - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

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

New video – The Japanese garden soul

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE : the Japanese garden soul, an essential concept to understand and integrate, to achieve a real and BEAUTIFUL Japanese garden. After this video watched, it’s sure that you will no longer see the Japanese gardens in the same way !

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

Video of japanese garden soul - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

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

Best wishes for this Year 2018 !

        A subtle breath of modernity in all its elegance, married to the ancestral teachings of the Japanese garden, will spread this year on the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy.

In the meantime, we wish you all our best wishes for happiness and a myriad of endless possibilities for 2018 !

This winter is early, cold and … snowy ! Living with the rhythm of the seasons, it is the opportunity, in a hot cocoon, to be able to concoct you many small and great happiness to come, that I hope you will have great pleasure to share with us …

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