Longing for the Coming of Spring

Longing for the Coming of Spring

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Blog

What tells you the coming of spring? It really depends on person. I happened to see a robin near my house the other day. It definitely was a sign of spring coming. One of my favorites when I think of spring is Japanese apricot or Ume in Japanese (Prunus mume). Its flowers open up in February in Japan. When I was in Japan, it was often Ume that informed me the arrival of spring.

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.3

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.3

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Architecture, Blog, Landscape Architecture

If you want to find cats in Japan, you would have the best luck by going to shrines and temples. Why? There are two reasons: One is that the shrine and temple grounds are “public” places where nobody stops you to come in, even if you are a cat. In fact, they used to be the only public places in Japan. The notion of a public park was imported from Europe/America in late 19C . Many community gatherings still take place there, so why not cats’ gatherings? The other, probably more important, reason is that architecture and landcape of shrines and temples offer comfort and safety to cats. Their buildings always have decks (:enn) […]

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 think of gardens for pleasure. Have you ever played hide and seek at gardens when you were child? No matter which style it is, a garden can become a place for your happy experience and happy memory. Personally, I learned it from Japanese gardens. 

New Haven Rotary Club Invited PED for a Healing Garden Talk

New Haven Rotary Club Invited PED for a Healing Garden Talk

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Blog

It would be nice to become refleshed by just attending a lunch time talk, would it not? And that was what we saw at the New Haven Rotary Club when Takaya gave another talk on “Healing Gardens and Japanese Gardens: Their Curious Relationship” .  Although his talk is not the therapeutic session itself , but to explain such effects of gardens, looking at images of green landscape and Japanese garden affected the audience in a calming way! Thank you very much for members of the New Haven Rotary Club! We were touched by your warm hospitality.

Healing Garden Talk at Cheshire Rotary Club, CT

Healing Garden Talk at Cheshire Rotary Club, CT

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Blog

Takaya Kurimoto of PED presented a talk on “Healing Gardens and Japanese Gardens” at the Rotary Club meeting in Cheshire, Connecticut. There is a curious relationship between these two different gardens! If you want to know more about it, please contact us at info@pedarch.com . Thank you very much for members of the Rotary Club of Cheshire! We felt the enthusiasm of the audience and enjoyed the lively discussiton.