Arriving in Japan // Back to Awaji-shima // Kiseki no Hoshi // Trip to Shimane Prefecture // Adachi Museum of Art // Yuushien Garden // Izumo Taisha // Train to Kyoto Blimey, I feel like I’ve done a lot of things in the last few days. Although, I think it does feel like that when… Read More Adachi Museum of Art: a psycho-emotional journey
JGS Conference // I’m so excited my brain is exploding // I met Marc Keane! I’ve just been in Cambridge for the weekend, attending the Japanese Garden Society annual conference. It was a weekend of inspiration, ideas, connections and amazing people. Actually, it was so exciting and my brain and heart were rushing so fast… Read More Where the Path Leads
10(?) Gardens in 18 months // Where Have I been? // Multiple House Moves // A New Job // Back to Japan Adventuring again makes it sound a little like I haven’t been doing any adventuring since my last post. I have- in fact, I’ve been doing A LOT of adventuring- but like all lapsed bloggers,… Read More I’m Adventuring Again
Two Shikoku Trips // Farewell Presentation // Vegan Party in Osaka // Display Change // Last day! Thursday was my last day at Kiseki no Hoshi, and I’m flying to the USA today. I can’t believe it! I’m sure that I only just got here. Didn’t I? Luckily the last few weeks have been very busy so I haven’t… Read More I’ll Miss You, Japan!
Ueyakato Zoen // Murin-an // Secret Garden // Keihanna Memorial Park // Nanzen-ji Hello! I’ve been very quiet on the blog/instagram front recently- hopefully you haven’t missed my updates too much – for three main reasons: I’m deep in the denial stage of mourning about the fact that I have to leave Japan in just… Read More Being a Gardener in Kyoto
Bonsai Suishoen & Matsusue-Sensei // Understanding the Art // Understanding the Skill // Making a Bonsai // Maintaining Bonsai // Amazing Hospitality! I knew very little about bonsai 盆栽 before this week. Although I have previously read about it (and even tried to make one when I was a student at Threave), I’d mostly forgotten anything I… Read More Bonsai 盆栽 are Bendigedig!
Ikebana 生け花 Class at Ikenobo // Tea Ceremony 茶の湯 at Sumiya Ryokan Ikebana and tea ceremony are two of the fundamental pillars of Japanese high culture* and any person wishing to be considered refined (one of my top wishes, actually) should be trained in both. Though both originated as men-only activities, both became a requirement for women to master… Read More Learning to Be a Lady