Mystery in Japanese gardens

Mystery in Japanese gardens

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Blog

We had a chance to visit the Japanese garden at Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown, New York. The garden was originally designed by two Japanese, Mr. Ueda and Mr. Takahashi, in the property of John D. Rockefeller. In the 1960’s David Engel redesigned the garden when the garden was relocated. Mystery is an important keyword when designers […]

Kamo River – Water to divide life and death

Kamo River – Water to divide life and death

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog, Landscape Architecture

In Japan,  people think that water sometimes becomes a border to divide two different worlds. Kamo River, which runs through Kyoto City, also used to be thought as the border to separate the world for the living from that for the dead. There was a crematory in the area called Toribeno. This area is located at […]

Garden for Salvation – Cosmology in Japanese Gardens

Garden for Salvation – Cosmology in Japanese Gardens

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Landscape Architecture

One of the reasons why people build gardens is to materialize their images of heaven. Good examples are seen in Japanese gardens and other gardens in the world. Historically, since Buddhism has influenced Japanese culture throughout history, the image of heaven in many Japanese gardens is defined by Buddhist cosmology. “Nine Mountains and Eight Oceans” is a part of the cosmology of Buddhism. It […]

Osaka – City of toy box architecture

Osaka – City of toy box architecture

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Architecture

From the view point of architecture and landscape designs, I think that Osaka is one of the most eccentric cities in the world. Since I was born and grew up there, I had felt that it was as it was and did not think that the city was beautiful. You will be stunned by peculiar buildings […]

Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsura Imperial Villa

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Landscape Architecture

I visited Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. The garden at Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens. I guarantee that this is quality landscape design that you should see. If you want to visit there, it is necessary to apply for visit on the website of Imperial Household Agency of Japanese government […]