Waza to Kokoro - Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden, Portland, Oregon
Date: 8/25/2017 - 9/5/2017
Description: Waza to Kokoro – Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden is the first official seminar to be hosted in the new Kengo Kuma-designed Cultural Village at the Portland Japanese Garden.
The focus will be on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea—an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.
The 2017 seminar will be offered to 16 experienced students led by Portland Japanese Garden staff and visiting garden artisans from Japan. The seminar’s featured speaker will be Marc P. Keane, landscape architect and renowned author of multiple books on Japanese garden design and history, including the forthcoming Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design. Instructors also include tea ceremony experts and visiting garden masters from Japan with generations of experience. The 12-day seminar includes a design module, history module, hands-on stone workshop, lectures, garden tours, a garden clinic, and a pruning master class.
The program is part of the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture, a new educational initiative at the garden. The Institute teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction, and maintenance.