Transplantation of your niwaki – the best season

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        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

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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.

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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

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        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.

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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 !

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A view of my “obi” …

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Tea ceremony initiation …

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And my friend Yoko !

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Perspective and depth in the Japanese garden

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        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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NIWAKI … or nothing !

        By this post, I wish to inform you today that I give up from now on and definitely in my teaching what little remained already related to the “clouds” pruning.

This pruning is only a Japanese inspiration pruning, IT IS NOT the true Japanese pruning.

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I want to devote myself today and only teach the true, authentic niwaki cultivation. It is important to me that you cease to be misleading and for that to return you the information as it was transmitted to me at the source by Japanese professionals, to provide you the original and intact knowledge.

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The first step will therefore the abandonment of the word “cloud”, which is certainly very poetic, but a total Western invention, as one encounters the case for the “Zen” garden, a term that does not exist either in Japan, nor for the Japanese, or in the landscape environment.

STOP to the approximate, dilute, overworked … and YES to the authenticity !

Niwaki – spread structure pruning

        Those who already know my book « La taille japonaise en pratique » published by Souffle d’Or Editions in February 2010 and reissued in February 2012 (only in French for the moment but soon in English – forthcoming !), easily remember this topic, a big-leafed boxwood (buxus sempervirens var. rotondifolia), which can be found on pages 64 to 67.

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This topic has now worked for four years. At the time I have started the structure pruning…

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Dry garden – Karesansui – setting stones

        Ishi wo taten koto or setting stones like the famous Japanese gardeners … An ancient practice of great aesthetic and spiritual power that characterizes the act of creating a garden, which is based on old rules and in particular the teachings of Sakutei-ki.

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Today, we will follow the design and construction of one of these stone compositions, here mid-raked sand, which …

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VIDEO – Ready for the structure pruning of an authentic niwaki ?

        You thirst for authenticity ? If you have ever wanted to create a beautiful and authentic niwaki, this video is exclusively for you …!

The Japanese pruning, the niwaki, begins to be known in the West, and with its development, we find ourselves faced with a bit of everything and anything.

In this video, you will not only learn how to recognize a true niwaki by a simple look, but also why you can not do without the Japanese pruning, in the future, in your garden !

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