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The Naturalistic Garden in Japan

Midori Shintani

 

As can be seen in the expression "plants and trees all have something to say," Japanese believe that trees, plants and even boulders have a soul and say they can sense spirits, or ‘kami’ (‘god’ in Japanese) within them. Midori Shintani will share how this deep connection with nature is at the heart of the current naturalistic garden movement in Japan, and necessary to understanding the existence of the Tokachi Millennium Forest project. Going beyond design, Midori will discuss how her maintenance methods, informed by the local eco-systems of Hokkaido’s native forests and fields, serve a deeply felt sense of beauty in Japanese culture and garden history.

Friday, 31st August 2018 at 12:00 PM