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) … !

Third creation of tsuboniwa at Shizen no sei Garden – The preparation

        A little more than a year ago, I informed you of the start of the construction site for the third tsuboniwa at Garden SHIZEN NO SEI. Yes, this is progressing slowly … but the stages of this creation take place between courses animations, writing, videos, traveling to Japan, creating gardens and so on … however this makes progress and that’s what’s important !

Once the theme and name of the garden are chosen, in order to give an intentional impetus to this project, the preparation of the site consisted first and foremost of the repair of the stone joints …

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Here is what is finished.

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A typically Japanese fence in the “ajiro” style will come soon to dress the not restored part (the stones being badly arranged).

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The 2D plan has just been completed and all raw materials are now gathered, including beautiful granite stones for the creation of the cascade and stream.

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See you soon for the next step !

The garden “reflection of nature©”, an anti-carcinogenic power, the opening of a new path towards healing …

        Cancer is a disease described since antiquity. The Greek physician Hippocrates first compared the cancerous tumors to a crab. For a long time, cancer has been an incurable disease, but today the progress of medicine is contributing to the healing of some of them. Many external environmental factors, such as pollution or radiation, lifestyles such as alcohol, tobacco, or poor diet, or internal factors such as aging or heredity… would be origin of the numerous cancers. But it is certain that getting sick can not be attributed to a single factor.

There are also other triggers that are much less talked about because they are considered controversial, such as too much negative emotions being badly managed, and then another simple reason becoming more and more obvious as the studies of Professor Qing Li and his team from Nippon Medical School of Tokyo imply it, the fact that people cut themselves off from nature to pile up the ones on the others in cities, concrete forests bathed in pollution and noise, where sadness, stress and anxiety reign supreme !

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In any case, according to WHO, the World Health Organization, the number of deaths due to cancer continues to increase throughout the world, a particularly marked trend for breast cancer, also in developing countries, where the Western way of life is spreading. The number of deaths rose to 8.8 million in 2015, up more than 13% from the 7.6 million recorded seven years earlier. It is undeniable that cancers have become the disease of our century.

So to avoid getting sick and maintaining health, or recovering it if the disease has already settled, apart from a healthier as possible lifestyle, what can help us?

If it is impossible for us to live in nature and especially in the vicinity of a forest where the air is loaded with terpenes, substances secreted by trees and which have the power to vitalize our immune system by boosting the number of killer cells and anti-cancer proteins, the development of a therapeutic garden for example, is a specialized environment that responds exactly to this type of intent. Even if one can find a certain charm in calling it a “healing garden,” it will not heal (in the sense of causing healing) because all healing and improvement begins inside to go to outside, never in the opposite direction. Above all, you can never force someone to heal … On the other hand, this therapeutic garden will provide, will create a perfect environment where innate healing intelligence can be easily put to work.

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Such a garden must contain essences of nature, but not only. It must also look like visions of nature, natural landscapes. When we see it, we must be led to ask ourselves the question, nature or garden ?

These are not the biggest rocks, the biggest and the most expensive niwaki pruned by an acclaimed professional who make the quality of a garden – all this is only ego – much less its ability to make us well in the case of a therapeutic garden, but rather the arrangement of fine materials closest to what exists naturally. In the nature, there are not only big rocks!

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In the world of the therapeutic garden, an arrangement that reveals too much the hand of human, his desire for control and his refusal to let go, does not have the same beneficial impact as a garden that simply reflects a natural environment, an undergrowth, the forest, a calm pond or a small stream …

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The Japanese have understood this for several millennia, but lately, in their gardens, traditional or more contemporary, they tend to gardens that reproduce nature more and more.

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Frederique DUMAS
Niwado© & Niwakido©
Hortitherapy . NIWATHERAPY©
Creation of therapeutic Japanese gardens
Shinrin yoku 森林浴 & Forest therapy
www.frederique-dumas.com

New video – KAHO Gallery

         A new video – the KAHO Gallery 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) … !

Niwaki – Master piece !

        “One can not doubt, Japan is a country where the tree is king ! It is commonplace to see gigantic specimens moved with large crane and labor reinforcements because they are simply on the way of a highway or other large construction sites …

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About niwaki, it is the same thing, trees are commonly transported in this country, as we transport in the West the arches of a concrete bridge or the wooden frames of the roof of a gymnasium !

So, here is the transport and installation of one of them – of the kind which never leave Japan – in the gardens of an enormous Buddhist temple of the Aichi prefecture …

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A huge and beautiful black pine with a “long branch on a side” or a katanagareshitate style …

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The precious lading is detached from all the ties that held it firmly to avoid any breakage …

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Then it is placed on the edge which must accommodate it with the help of a truck crane…

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One can admire here the beautiful architecture of the long branch…

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A mound has been laid out at the base with large rocks and loose soil, and a trench filled around with water in order to properly moisten the rootball, and ensure a correct resumption and development of the roots. During this time, the crown takes advantage of a small cleaning …

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A splint is also installed to support the long branch and thus hold the entire tree in place during its root installation. This one will be fixed there with the aid of string of rot-proof palm fibers …

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Is not this long branch simply amazing ?

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A great THANK to Takahiko San.

Re-create the essence…

        “When creating a garden, visualize the famous landscapes of our country and come to understand their most interesting points. Re-create the essence of those scenes in the garden, but do so interpretatively, not strictly.” – Sakutei-ki 作庭記

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Hashimoto Gahō (1835-1908)

If you wish to connect the authentic soul of the Japanese garden, I suggest you the video “Basics of the Japanese Garden – Setting stones” of 80 minutes, where you will find all the ancestral teachings that are decrypted. You can buy it after subscribing on this page : E.learning Platform of Japanese Garden Institute

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Or if you prefer practicing, I offer you a two-day course that is already scheduled in France for several years and will soon also be in North America, in my training center.

Chabana 茶花

        The art of provoking emotion in front of the simple beauty, natural, even raw. To succeed in generating elegance and refinement through rustic materials, patinated by the wear and tear of time … It is Japan that I love, which enthousiasms me !

All those who are interested at least a little bit in Japan are familiar with the ikebana, a traditional floral arrangement. However, there is another, born of the first, but which evolved into a less formal and much simpler style, the chabana. The first kanji 茶 means “tea” and the second 花 “flower”. It was used by the first tea masters, certainly developed by Sen no Rikyū himself, and over time it became the standard of the floral arrangement for the tea ceremony, deposited with delicacy in the tokonoma to delight the guests.

It is characterized by an arrangement of simple seasonal flowers – very important, the respect of the season for the concept of wabi-sabi – coming from the garden, nearby fields, an undergrowth… in a vase usually made of a natural material such as bamboo, metal or ceramic. This art is of such simplicity that it often happens that a single flower is used.

This pleases me so much and arouses so many emotions in me that I began to practice !

I give you my first stammers……

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        Japan is the home of forest therapy and shinrin yoku 森林浴, which literally means “forest baths”. We find again in this term, kanji 森 and 林 which mean “forest”, as a crowd of small kanji 木 means “tree”, and the kanji 浴 meaning “bathe”, “stimulate with”.

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This practice is the result of a lot of scientific studies conducted by Professor Qing Li and his team at Nippon Medical School of Tokyo which show that natural landscapes have an important impact on the evacuation of stress, return to a peaceful state, and that forests vitalize our immune system by boosting the number of killer cells and anti-cancer proteins, thanks to terpenes* of trees and other plants.

In the spirit of this Japanese culture, it is not difficult to imagine why gardens reflect nature so perfectly, since it is so indispensable to our health.

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Look for example, the traditional Japanese tea garden, the roji … a small path of flat stones that winds through an undergrowth with aerial and diaphanous vegetation, flooding us with scents of humus, sap and damp mosses, leading to a clearing where one discovers a charming little building made from noble and natural materials, earth, wood and thatch, conducive to calm and rest, welcoming all the reassuring ritual, respectful and full of consideration of the tea ceremony.

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These same studies show that we have totally the reverse result in a concrete “forest”. Hence the major interest of creating in our cities when it is essential to live there, not only areas of greenery, gardens, but above all the most spontaneous and faithful reflections of nature, so conducive to our health and well-being.

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The forest, thanks to all its population of essences, is the richest place of terpenes that stimulate the good functioning of our organism, as well as its ability to defend itself. You will have understood, a garden reflecting the closest nature is the most favorable to our health.

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*Terpenes are a class of hydrocarbons present in plants. They are often the “fragrance” constituents such as turpentine, camphor, menthol, citronella … which are extracted in the form of essential oils.

Frederique DUMAS
Quantum hortitherapy . NIWATHERAPY©
Creation of therapeutic Japanese gardens
Shinrin yoku 森林浴 and Forest therapy
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Japanese gardens – purism, authenticity, perfection …

        These three definitions mainly characterize my vision of the Japanese garden: purism, authenticity and perfection.

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If a dictionary is opened, it will be read that purism corresponds to the desire to respect in the smallest details the principles of an art. However, this does not exclude, for me, evolution and/or borrowing, from the moment they fit into its basic principles.
Authenticity defines the character of what is accurate, original, sincere, a truth that can not be contested.
As for the perfection, it corresponds to the state of something which is perfect in its kind, a quality of mind carried to the highest degree, the achievement of an ideal without falling in its perverse sides.

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So, even if it is displeasing to some people, it’s just like that … simply because it’s my Way, my path of Life, a real choice that pleases me to the highest point. I fell in it when I was a tiny girl aged just four years old …
I do not oblige anyone to join, nor do I try to convert, nor do I want to waste my time “discussing”, each considering what he senses as the only valid point of view. I simply express what impresses me, makes me vibrate, arouses emotion in me … I share what I regularly learn at source from Japanese specialists because it excites me.
Afterwards, everyone does as he wants, sincerely as long as it does not harm anyone, it matters little to me. If a person wants to name his creation as “Japanese garden” because it has only placed a lantern, a cut tree and a few stone steps, that’s his business, not mine. If that’s enough to satisfy her … we simply do not have the same values.

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Now, why does my choice so many insecure some persons, what makes them feel so threatened, sometimes creating rather disproportionate reactions, I do not know … I have not the answers for them, but, I have to say, it’s quite amazing and amusing !

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Thank you to Kanetsuna san for all this beauty…

New video – Nomura Residence

         A new video – the Nomura Residence in Kanazawa – 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) … !