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redpine cutting
Staff Eyes2019/3/12

The Gardener’s View

Cutting Down a Red Pine (Akamatsu)
On March 9, the red pine on the northeast side of Murin-an’s garden was cut down due to damage by harmful insects.
With great gratitude to this pine tree for having been one of Murin-an’s garden trees for so long, we performed a purification ritual before cutting it down in the presence of visitors watching over it. Now that the tree has been cut down, you can see a new scene unfolding in front of the main building. The artificial hill where the red pine used to be can now be seen clearly from the main building. You can see how the ground rises suddenly to form a continuous line with the Higashiyama Mountains. This is how far the garden’s original concept of maintaining a feeling of continuity with the focal point of the Higashiyama Mountains has been realized.
Just like people, trees have their life spans; when these have run their course, it is time for us to nurture the next form of scenery. We hope you will take a look at Murin-an’s new scenery whenever you visit and watch over our future efforts to nurture its garden.

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teaschool
Event Report2019/3/12

Murin-an Tea Ceremony School

On March 9 (Sat.), we held tea ceremony lessons inside the tearoom. This day’s lessons concentrated on learning how to handle the bamboo ladle (“hishaku” in Japanese). The instructor taught participants in detail about how to hold the ladle, how much strength to use, and how to set it down. The finger movements and positions looked very hard to do, but participants took their time to learn them thoroughly.
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teaschool
Event Report2019/3/11

Murin-an Tea Ceremony School

Murin-an Tea Ceremony School
On March 6 (Wed.), students from our tea school brought friends of theirs to try out a tea ceremony lesson.
Inside the tearoom, they all enjoyed a tea ceremony that had both somber silences and laughter.

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wildbird
Event Report2019/3/11

Murin-an Wild Bird Mini-Lecture

On March 6 (Wed.), we held a mini-lecture on the Yellow-throated Bunting.
We explained the origin of this bird’s Japanese name (“miyamahojiro”) and how it differs from the Meadow Bunting (known in Japanese as “hojiro”). These wild birds, whose yellow facial markings really stand out, are winter birds. In April, they migrate to the Asian continent, but we may see them again in Murin-an starting from around December.

Our next mini-lecture will be held on March 13 (Wed.) and will cover the
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moss
Staff Eyes2019/3/11

The Gardener’s View

Trachycystis Microphylla Moss

The Trachycystis Microphylla has grown new stalks and a bright yellow-green carpet has spread over the ground.
Each moss stalk grows close together to form a single mass that beautifully colors the garden.

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Staff Eyes2019/3/11

The Gardener’s View

Camellia Japonicas at Murin-an: Now’s the Time to See Them!

There are now several of them blooming at Murin-an.
As you make your way through the garden’s side door,
you can see trees by the stone lantern that still have lots of plumply swelling buds on them.

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