Internship of tsuboniwa creating

        Last week, has taken place at the School Niwaki Inspiration ZEN in the Garden “Shizen no sei tei-en”, the first course of the year dedicated to the achievement of a genuine tsuboniwa, like these created by the famous Japanese gardeners, always with the same principle … The essence of the nature rendered in a smaller space !

As always, this training is based on ancient rules with lots of method and structure, including lessons of Sakutei-ki, energy principles of Fusui and specific concepts to the Japanese landscape aesthetics … The lower lantern of yukimi type was deliberately chosen, so that its light comes to “be reflected” in the water of the stream flowing metaphorically around the strip of land covered with moss.

And as usual, only happiness …!

There is a short walk full of magic!

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Niwaki and spring snow

        Spring is slow in coming … This year, he is very lazy !

niwaki nature pine japanese pruning

Extraordinary and abundant nature, creative in the soul, with inexhaustible inspiration, giving us this beautiful wild niwaki in his great universal garden, having first taken care to dress carefully each of the needles of an ice sheath as a winter makeup …

niwaki nature pine japanese pruning

Another horizon, another vision under dim light … Lot of emotions !

niwaki nature pine japanese pruning

Women in garden…

        I am often gone to Japan and given my passion, I have often stridden along nurseries and gardens of all kinds, in every way … I have obviously met many ladies, armed with brooms and other utensils used to rake leaves or pull weeds, but in the huge number of gardeners, landscapers, architects and other designers of the plant that I have met, to my great regret, I have rarely met a woman.

women garden japanese garden Japan landscape creation

women garden japanese garden Japan landscape creation

In France, our number is already limited. I have already been a part of juries for examinations of final year in landscape creations option and girls are not legion, as for the professionals, just take a look at the yellow pages directory (more precisely, the female represents 7% of business landscape – UNEP source) … But then in Japan … !!!

As if we did not qualify for certain jobs, as if the noble part of certain activities was dominated by men. Why would the maintenance be reserved for us and creating party would be denied us ?

Come on ladies … What do you expect ? Someone gives you permission …?

So I wanted to salute here the courage of this young Japanese woman, Yumi Nomura, and wish him a lot of fun every day in her job … Because playing with the plant, mineral and water to create metaphors of landscape is a craft absolutely fascinating, extraordinary, that for me, fills me with joy every day and allows me to achieve fullness, even flirting with eternity …!

women garden japanese garden Japan landscape creation

women garden japanese garden Japan landscape creation

Transplantation of your niwaki – the best season

niwaki pre-niwaki period transplantation

        Today, we are witnessing a phenomenon became commonplace. Most people are gardening only when weather is nice and warm, only when the summertime gives them the want to go to the garden, without considering the needs of plants.

For proper transplantation and good recovery, a tree, whatever, niwaki or not niwaki, does not be installed in the ground in the summer ! About plants, the summer is reserved for aerial development, the winter period is reserved for root development. And root development affects the proper development of the rest of the tree. In addition, in the spring, there is often the wind dries the air and the land, while still low temperatures do not alert us to an imperative need of water. Then in the fall, the rains are more frequent and the soil is still warm. All this is obviously not a coincidence !

For all these reasons, a tree can not be installed in the ground in spring, but in the fall, or so with extreme caution. If you want to install a pre-niwaki or a niwaki in your garden, it is in Autumn !!!

Tea garden or chaniwa

        Today, autumnal sencha and wagashi at Shizen no sei Garden

tea garden, chaniwa, japanese garden

The time of a break in the big race of the time, in this green space open between heaven and earth, to stay connected with the seasons, one of great cycles of life. Suspended times and a needed place, no matter how small, to recover and stay in touch with nature.

tea garden, chaniwa, japanese garden

This time and this space give us grace and relaxation, embodying and summarizing all the subtle essence of soothing nature, recalling as something spiritual in this place, which will then spread throughout the house to participate in our well-being and health.

Karesansui Internship – Setting stones

setting stones karesansui internship japanese gardens

        A few weeks ago, took place the internship “setting stones” at the “NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN” School… And, just this once will not hurt – it’s true that there is rarely bad weather in our region – it’s under a pouring rain (No, I do not exaggerate …! ) that …

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The quintessence of niwaki…

        I want to share with you tonight, these few pictures of beautiful Japanese niwaki, which were forwarded to me by a faithful student of the School “NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN”, in the person of Jean-Luc (shared with his ​​permission, of course …).

How not to be amazed and gape at such beauty and excellence …?

First, here’s a surprising and majestic multiple trunk “takanshitate” of podocarpus, photographed in Nara, which requires the use of a truck with a cherry picker to be groomed. Mind-blowing !

A beautiful specimen of black pine “windswept” or “shakukanshitate”, one of my favorite styles, photographed in Tokyo.

Another black pine in the same style, photographed in Kamakura.

Another black pine, but here in the sinuous “kyokukanshitate” style, with a sculptural cascading branch is definitely worth seeing…!

Huge niwaki of China juniper in “tamazukuri” style, with spherical masses of vegetation, photographed in Kyoto. These two, I recognized …! They are located near the Nanzen-ji temple.

And finally, a little wink, sent by Ronny and his wife, came in July. Yes, it’s me – Frederique Dumas. Hat and sunglasses, heat an sun required to get inspiration from nature ! Your teacher, who puts his passion at your service !

Kitsuke art – Japanese kimono

        Kitsuke is the art of wearing kimono. In our time, to the Japanese, he is become a ceremonial dress worn only a few times a year for special occasions. After being considered as a relic by the youngers for a while, he knows again renewed interest, mainly among young women.
Actually, the Japanese continue to admire it but do not consider it adapted to modern life.

The current form of kimono dates only from the 16th century. Long and straight, it has the shape of a dress with wide sleeves that envelops the body, with on the front, the left pan that refolds absolutely on the right. If the variety of colors, fabrics, patterns is innumerable, kimonos have however all the same shape. This garment is always longer than the person who wears it. The adjustment is made by a fold at the waist which is then covered by the obi, the belt, that holds all in place.

kitsuke, kimono, obi

To look elegant, it is not enough to wear the kimono, though, once dressed, you can not already do otherwise than to stand straight. There is also a posture and a type of movements to adopt that will accentuate its beauty. This is to avoid sudden and large movements that may reveal arms and legs, to control the movement of the sleeves, to walk gracefully avoiding long steps … An art …! Here undoubtedly changes blue jeans !

I love it ! It is for me an infinite pleasure !

kitsuke, kimono, obi

A view of my “obi” …

kitsuke, kimono, obi

Tea ceremony initiation …

kitsuke, kimono, obi

And my friend Yoko !

kitsuke, kimono, obi

Perspective and depth in the Japanese garden

niwaki japanese garden depth perspective

        The Japanese garden is a garden on three levels, ideally gently sloping towards the dwelling place or other buildings, where it will be admired. These buildings become the scene of a kind of amphitheater formed by bushes, shrubs and other surrounding trees.

The plants are positioned according to their height, the ….

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