Study tour in Japan 2017

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        The study and initiatory tour SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR© 2017 will take place from next 31 October to 12 November. The registration limit is set to January 15, 2017 and I have to talk with people who wish to participate and do not know yet. Indeed, the registration to this study tour is preceded by an interview of motivation, to determine if the latter will meet your expectations. To bring you total satisfaction, as well as to me, it is essential that you are passionate about Japanese gardens and niwaki, and/or botany, and that you are involved in a process of personal evolution. So if you are interested, please contact me now!

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Come making “one” with its activities and all their beauty …! Come meeting the amazing Japanese people, discover their arts, culture, as suspended out of time, all imprint of wisdom and spirituality … Admire marvels emerging from the private courtyards pacing the alleys, visit incomparable gardens, practice traditional Japanese arts, discover ancient Kyoto, its breathtaking machiya and tsubo-niwa as well as the nature of the surrounding mountains … and taste the authentic cuisine. Come living fully your passion! This year again, the main theme will be chaniwa, the tea garden.

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If you want more information before contact me, you can read the website of SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR ©.

The chosen period corresponds to a very luxuriant and verdant time of the year with sumptuous moss carpets and maples that start to pink in Kyoto when we arrive, and which are already flaming in the countryside. We will go through their entire colors palette. There are no words to describe such beauty… !

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With the pleasure of accompanying you and making you discover all these wonders !

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All true elegance…

        Coco Chanel said : “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance…”

And what is valid in fashion is also true for any artistic creation that wants to be elegant and refined. Do not be mistaken. All that is forced, exaggerated, conspicuous, too flashy … is simply kitsch, even crude.

This is also true in niwaki and Japanese garden !

Here is the elegance…

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And here is the exaggerated, raucous, too flashy… “pompom” style, as the Americans call it. Just as conspicuous as our flower beds of begonias, carnations, petunias and other annuals very colored and mixed.

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Is there really a need for a longer speech…?

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For nearly ten years that I have been traveling to Japan every year, or even several times a year, I have never seen this ! Sometimes, in the streets, some vaguely resembling prunings, similar to big broccoli because of very old subjects, but in the gardens, never ! It is a pity that in the West, very few people understand this concept … In gardens in Japan, there are very few trees shaped in one m², or in a very natural style, simply because in their very refined vision of aesthetics, “more, it’s less”. When there is too much, you can not see anything …! And when it is too exaggerated, one moves away precisely from this true elegance …

Thank you to Frédéric for these very informative photos brought back from the United States.

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New video – Hyōki

         A new video 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) … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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The “NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN” Academy changes its name !

        Our life is punctuated with major turning points … It is the same for a professional activity especially when they are so intimately linked, and it is important to recognize these moments for what they are and to facilitate their setting up. Even if it is not always easy … Always in a dynamics of evolution and the quest for excellence, this space of teaching has already put in place various significant changes since its creation.

Rest assured, even if the term “niwaki” does not appear there, the creative workshops concerning them are maintained, continuing too and of course their own evolution, benefiting from my training with several masters of gardens in Japan.

However, in view of the highly exploited use of the word “zen” in the West, the creation of a landscape activity through the creation of tsuboniwa – which may be therapeutic, courses offered or under development, an ever deeper search on the soul of the Japanese garden and my level of understanding on this subject … this starting name no longer corresponds to the whole of my activities and to what I wish to express, in an ever-increasing quest for authenticity and truth.

So, the Academy “NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN” changes its name and becomes the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy.

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In fact, the real Japanese garden is characterized by a very special style of life, the SUKIYA style, in harmony with nature, where the garden and the house are one, the first extending into the other and the second being an obvious continuity of the first. It is based on the quasi-exclusive use of noble and natural materials – which in France, I do not hide it, proves to be a path full of pitfalls, champions that we are of resins and other reconstituted materials ! – for creations having a soul since handmade by artisans according to Japanese techniques developed for generations. These different criteria, in a search for balance in everything and especially between the areas of shadow and light, give an elegant and refined result, respectful of our needs, therefore conducive to quietude and rest.

A natural environment sublimated by the hand and imagination of human being…

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Chabana 茶花

        I present you the elegant vase that I received as a gift. The Japanese artist obviously chose nature and its motif represents the forest.

A beautiful object that will come to embellish my sōan 草庵 …

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How is the quality of a Japanese garden defined ?

         In fact, it is extremely simple !

A quality Japanese garden is when we are able to ask us the question at the sight of what unfolds in front of our eyes… Nature or garden ?

Such is the case for this gorgeous arrangement … what beauty !

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New video – Urasenke Kyoto

         A new video 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 “NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN” Academy … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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New video – Minokō

         A new video 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 “NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN” Academy … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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Updated video – Midoritsumi

         A video was been updated on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE ! Longer, more explanation …

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 “NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN” Academy … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2016 – Day 12

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        So here is the last day … dedicated in the morning to the visit of Tofoku-ji, with the creations of Mirei Shigemori, more contemporary but inscribing in the purest spirit of the Japanese garden …

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… and the afternoon devoted to the last small purchases (some utensils for the preparation of matcha tea, bits of decorative charcoal for my future garden …) or others before the return.

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A last small walk in a tea garden that I hoped to visit quite a long time and on which I fall by chance strolling (But does chance exist ?… I do not believe …)

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Here, this study tour SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 4th edition ends. The confirmation of a salutary change decided last year. It was a very rewarding experience, with beautiful, authentic and warm people. And then, as every time, beautiful Japanese meetings, fitting in my way and my future evolution. On this subject precisely, a beautiful awareness also, become an inner certainty through this initiatory journey, this immersion in all this nature and the beauty of these gardens, and then without a doubt all the tea to which the Japanese people lend stimulating virtues participating in clarity of mind. Now all I have to do is set up …

Tomorrow morning, towards airport and return to France.

For full details of this study tour about niwaki and Japanese gardens SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR, visit its website. We look forward to seeing you one day …

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