SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 3

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        This morning, the good weather is also at the rendezvous, and we leave towards the East of Kyoto to discover two beautiful little known gardens, the former, designed by the famous garden master Jihei Ogawa (1860-1933) and the other, more contemporary, designed by his son.

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Then we leave for lunch in a very old restaurant, offering fine zen vegetarian cuisine, typical menu of Buddhist monks.

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After this delicious lunch, we head to the huge Kennin-ji temple and its gardens …

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… then to the famous garden of Kodai-ji temple …

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… to end the afternoon in this picturesque neighborhood of Gion and its charming little streets, typical of the city of Kyoto, with a passage to the tea room with a koi basin of great price. We enjoy a matcha ice cream accompanied by mashed red beans and a roasted tea. I just love it !

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For complete terms and conditions of this initiatory study tour about nature, niwaki and Japanese gardens SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR, visit the website dedicated to it.

See you soon !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017- Day 2

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        After a good night’s sleep, we start on the right foot to discover real treasures, great classics, with a magnificent light that promises a beautiful sunny day today.
Head northwest of Kyoto with quintessential pond, dotted with islands, themselves populated by niwaki pines, with gogan arrangements of all beauty … Only small shadow on the board, the crowd bath!

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We continue with the pinnacle of karesansui, accompanied by one of my lectures on the theme “the myth of the Zen Garden”.

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We also discover another large temple garden, very relaxing, a maze of corridors surrounding tsuboniwa all more beautiful than each other, and two small ponds lined with pines. This visit also gives us the chance to observe the gardeners at work for the momiage – the removal of needles before winter.

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What happiness…!

For complete terms and conditions of this initiatory study tour about nature, niwaki and Japanese gardens SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR, visit the website dedicated to it.

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 1

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        October 30, 2017. Here we are ! This is the 1st day of the SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – 5th edition, initiatory journey, and this year again, this study trip is part of the tea garden theme, chaniwa, also called roji.

A very fresh and windy weather today, 15°C, after the huge rain of yesterday, which offers us at times beautiful rays of light through heavy black clouds, as well as trees that start to change quickly from color following the big temperature differences of these last days … That happiness … !!!

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Despite the throes of jet lag for the newcomers, we will do our little ritual walking in the Kyoto Imperial Park … with the group’s photo.

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For complete terms and conditions of this initiatory study tour about nature, niwaki and Japanese gardens SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR, visit the website dedicated to it.

You will not perhaps have the course exactly in time, because my days are going to be extremely buzy this year, since this new opus is this time bilingual (French/English). It is still necessary that I sleep a little … Thank you in advance for your patience.

JAPAN 2017

         Like every year, here I am in Kyoto for the preparation of the new SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR … and I have to say that this time, this beginning of stay is episodically well watered with the remains of the passage of a typhoon !

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But, no matter, it’s still beautiful ! Ahhhh, the fog scarves that hang on the forest after the rain … I’m going down!

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Final preparations then, but this year in slow speed, with a great need for rest and sleep after twelve days non-stop building, to move a ton and a half of rocks, sand and gravel, not to mention the rest, the soil, plants, curbs and granite basin …, etc.

I’ll meet you in a few days to start the SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017. See you soon !

Creation of a therapeutic Japanese garden ‘reflection of nature©’

        A small cascading brook hosting a nagaretsukubai at its base and that finishes by getting lost in the rocks … Here is the first workingsite in therapeutic Japanese gardens, thanks to all my technical and aesthetic knowledge acquired at the source concerning this style of garden until today, and the protocol I created about it.

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The autumn being favorable to the plantations, it was the moment chosen to pass to the realization … to the height of my waitings ! Everything, absolutely everything was perfect !

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The truck was loaded with rocks, sand and gravel, plants, wood needed for the construction of the fence, tools … like a scientist “Tetris”, to be able to achieve 15m² of garden in the Alps in one go, after several months of research to find beautiful materials and have some items made by the best craftsmen.

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It was necessary, however, to develop some ingenious stratagems with a certain dose of imagination for a sloping ground with a part situated under a terrace, but in the end, everything went beautifully well !

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And I take advantage of this event to make you discover the presentation video of this new activity. The wonderful original Japanese flute music “Shakuhachi Wind” is from my friend Tea Roman. If you like this video and to make known this new concept, thank you for sharing it …

(Here is the video link in case your browser does not display its insertion.)

Good viewing ! If you have a garden project (between 2 and 20m²), contact me…

Japanese garden of Montreal

         Taking advantage of my trip to Quebec, I went to the island of Montreal to visit the Japanese garden of the city’s large botanical garden.

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Around a pavilion of beautiful architecture, as a showcase of Japanese culture and built by Hisato Hiraoka, I could discover in turn an elegant karesansui, then a beautiful and charming tea garden, and finally a large garden walk around a pond with waterfalls, directed by Ken Nakajima (1914-2000), Japanese landscape architect living in Toronto. A myriad of koi carps, some of which measure no more than 2cm, accompany us all the way. The whole garden is bordered by a beautiful forest of North American red pines.
And I even had the chance to enjoy a private tour of the tea garden, which is only a garden of contemplation in normal times.

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This garden is really a very beautiful space present on the American continent, created mainly with endemic plants and rocks of the region (the gravel, on the other hand, comes from Japan – I would recognize it between thousands …).
The proof, once again, that it is possible to create a real Japanese garden in the West from the moment when, staying away from clichés, we respect the rules and first of all, its spirit!

Starting of training center in North America – Niwaki and Japanese gardens

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That comes ! The Academy of Japanese pruning and creation of Japanese gardens “Sublime SUKIYA” exports itself ! So first time Courses niwaki and japanese gardens - training center in north america - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.comabroad, and to start in QUEBEC for the East of North America.

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After flying over the magnificent St. Laurent Bay and its many islands, landing in Montreal, I discovered “for real” a beautiful space in the countryside and newly acquired, with a natural pond, a small deciduous forest, magnificent mature trees and many other things, with tremendous potential for the creation of various Japanese gardens and the culture of niwaki …

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… in the bucolic environment of the pretty little town of Mont St Grégoire.

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After the last preparations before the arrival of the trainees, we went to fetch the trees reserved at the nursery. A dreamy place … with platforms filled with beautiful subjects to endless!

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This session 2017 began with the course “Basics of Japanese pruning”…

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… to continue with that of “Pines – sinuous trunk” …

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… and the opportunity to work on a first subject already in place for several years in the garden, a red pine of North America(pinus resinosa) …

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… and another very tall pine positioned at the edge of the pond, whose development led us to the creation of a “literaty pine” style.

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I would like to thank Nicole (coming from the USA), Robert, Hugo and Benoît for their warm welcome and/or their participation in the courses, as well as their confidence …

Without forget Baya, our pretty, tender and so affectionate mascot…

New video – Ephemeral nikaniwa

         A new video – an ephemeral nakaniwa, a reflection of nature, a metaphor of a small stream flowing over the mossy soil of an undergrowth, created with the dean (aged 72) of the students of the Academy “Sublime SUKIYA” – 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) … !

Nature, inspiration, sublimation … the spirit of the Japanese garden

         In view of such a lack of sensitivity, I believe that I will never repeat it enough … Limiting oneself to the form, this is understand nothing about the Japanese garden … Focusing on the purchase of a lantern or a basin, this is miss its spirit … Densifying vegetation on a branch upward, this is grasp nothing about the essence of Japanese pruning …

The real Japanese garden is nature imagined and sublimated by the hand of human !

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After learning about technique, aesthetics and philosophy, nature will be your first source of inspiration. It is simply and purely energy, the latter will then be born by running the mountain and the craggy rocks, patiently and lovingly covered with lichens and moss, discovering a cascade at the turn of a path, by treading upon the mossy soil of a wet undergrowth loaded with humus scent in the middle of the ferns, playing hide and seek with the rays of the sun through a cascading pine branch overhanging your point of view … And not in sitting in front of your television or watching Facebook for hours !

In the case of a cascade and its stream, for example, nature does not stack the stones regularly, nor according to their size or shape. These are only human considerations and constructions …

The quality of your creations in Japanese garden will be determined by your ability to create or recreate natural arrangements. As long as one detects your hand, even in spite of the finest materials, as above, you will only be on the way …

And as a teacher, my goal is to take you to excellence. This type of creation is now also available through a new course at Academy “Sublime SUKIYA”, with an additional level of application difficulty.