New video – The plans of your Japanese gardens

         A new training video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE, the the creation of your Japanese garden’s plans. An essential step for the success of its design ! I offer you a starting price of 12€ instead of 15€ !

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) … !

Gardens in Japan – when refinement is lost in favor of bad taste…

         For several years, from few isolated cases, I have to deplore a situation in Japan that spreads now like wildfire …

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But what horror ! It is becoming anything !!! A huge show !
Where are the Japanese refinement and elegance, sobriety …? It looks like Disneyland, it misses only Mickey !!!
And then, make beautiful pictures the day, it’s over … There are more big black cables and spots, than niwaki and moss now !!!
Junichirô Tanizaki surely turns in his grave…

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Sincerely, hurry to go to Japan before it’s too late!

New video – Ōbai-in

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE, the Ōbai-in garden, made by the famous tea master Sen no rikyu. A secret garden almost impossible to visit where photos and videos are normally prohibited. Enjoy it !

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) … !

New video – The Japanese garden soul

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE : the Japanese garden soul, an essential concept to understand and integrate, to achieve a real and BEAUTIFUL Japanese garden. After this video watched, it’s sure that you will no longer see the Japanese gardens in the same way !

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) … !

Best wishes for this Year 2018 !

        A subtle breath of modernity in all its elegance, married to the ancestral teachings of the Japanese garden, will spread this year on the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy.

In the meantime, we wish you all our best wishes for happiness and a myriad of endless possibilities for 2018 !

This winter is early, cold and … snowy ! Living with the rhythm of the seasons, it is the opportunity, in a hot cocoon, to be able to concoct you many small and great happiness to come, that I hope you will have great pleasure to share with us …

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Niwaki creation in South Australia – May 2018

        I will be fortunate to stay in South Australia (Melbourne area) during the first two weeks of next May to teach Japanese pruning, in a property located on a unique 80 acre parcel of land in the heart of the Howqua Valley, crossed by a river… The house sits on a ridge with commanding valley views, a magnificent area to explore, watching the kangaroos and the rest of wildlife, breathing the fresh mountain air … all that I love !

This property already has a nursery of Western tree species, which Australians easily plant around their house to protect it from fire, separating it from the great eucalyptus trees that burn too easily in a very dry country. Maybe a niwaki nursery in the future …

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I will tell you everything in detail when I return !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR – Spring 2019

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        I inform you that the next study tour and initiatory journey SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR (open to anyone adult, from any country, fluent in English) will take place from 1 to 13 April 2019. The limit for registrations (from the minimum required of 3 people so that the programming of the trip is maintained this year) is 5 August 2018.

Registration for this study tour is preceded by a motivational interview, to determine if it will meet your expectations. To give you total satisfaction, as well as to myself, 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. I will therefore speak first with people who wish to participate and I do not know yet. If you are interested, thank you for contact me as soon as possible !

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We will enjoy the splendid and full blooming cherry trees, in gardens and through the forest baths, the famous shinrin-yoku ! Lasting only a few days in the spring, it is the symbol in Japan of the ephemeral, in the image of human life. That’s why it is liked both the Samurai interpreting it as a human being at the peak of its development, standing out in the world …

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Spiritual Japan Niwaki Tour - study tour in Japan - initiatory journey - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

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If you want more information before contact me, rendez-vous on the website of SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR ©.

Looking forward to accompany you and make you discover all these wonders !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 12

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        Here is the last day … spent in the morning visiting some places of the huge complex Tofuku-ji. The occasion of a mini-conference on the theme of “tamamono and karikomi bushes”.

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After a small lunch on the go outside, it is an afternoon devoted to the last little shopping or other before the coming return.

That’s it, this study tour in Japan SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 5th edition ends. The confirmation once again of a salutary change decided two years ago now. It was a very enriching experience, with beautiful authentic people, a group of a nice homogeneity. And then, as each time beautiful awareness, become internal certainties, the acceptance of a new challenge through this initiatory journey, this immersion in all this nature and the beauty of these gardens, and then without any doubt all this tea to which the Japanese lend stimulating virtues participating in the clarity of mind. Now, it only remains to put in place …

Tomorrow morning, go to the airport and back to France.

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. We look forward to seeing you one day …

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 11

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        Already the penultimate day … Time flies ! This morning, the sun is back, even if shyly for the moment, and we head west of Kyoto to discover the gorges of the Hozu River. A bath of wild nature !

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The small “garden gnomes” in Japanese way coming in all sizes, tanuki, symbols of “good fortune”, accompany us all along the way.

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Spiritual Japan niwaki tour - study tour in Japan - Frederique Dumas www.japanese-garden-institute.com www.frederique-dumas.com

Sumptuous landscapes unfold before our eyes, an almost intact nature …

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In return, another light, other colors, but still stunning !

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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.

We are back in Kyoto. Tomorrow is the last day…

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 10

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        Beautiful rain and cool weather this morning, we head to the northeast of Kyoto with the coat and the umbrella for the rest of our initiatory journey, a bucolic day in the village of Ohara. I am starting to be a bit overdosed with a crowd, cars and various noises. What calm, what silence, what tranquility …

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The day begins with the visit of a small temple and its garden, which I did not know yet … And in the rain, the Japanese gardens are even more extraordinary. As we enter the room, we are seized … it is as if the garden entered the house. I just love it !

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It continues with an unmissable step in Japan, an experience not to be missed under any circumstances … we relax in the onsen to live the unique ritual of the hot traditional bath … in the rain ! It’s great !

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Then, go to the big Ohara temple, Sanzen-in. Superb ! With more, a multitude of small streams and waterfalls at every detour, in any direction where the eye is … Everything I love !

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Finally, a little pearl, as I prefer them … where we will be seduced once again by matcha tea. Served according to ceremonial, the drink relaxes and resources. We then remember the sensations experienced in this incredible Japanese nature.

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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.

Return to the city and see you tomorrow !