On the afternoon of July 21 (Sun.), Ueyakato Landscape president Tomoki Kato gave his second lecture on Japanese gardening history at Kyoto International Community House!
This lecture’s theme began from the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the age of the dry landscape (or karesansui) garden! We learned that the period up until this time had seen the evolution of natural landscape gardens and that gardens change according to each period!
Muso Soseki, the founder of Tenryu-ji Temple, was a Zen monk of the Rinzai school during the early Muromachi period. Through his on-screen presentation, Mr. Kato explained for us the gardens whose creation Muso was involved in and the gardens in Kyoto that bear some connection to him. It was a two-hour session brimming with an abundance of garden knowledge.
Why not try a casual tea ceremony? First-timers are welcome. Our staff provides careful and easy to understand explanations. Come to zaifu at Murin-an. Our entire staff awaits your visit.
We held tea ceremony classes on July 19 and 20 (Fri.& Sat.). These were lesson days spent looking at the garden in rain and the mist rising from Mt. Hiei and the Higashiyama mountains after the rain lifted. Students received the lesson while concentrating on three types of bow and paying attention to the position and angle of their hands. They also enjoyed the step-by-step lesson given on the first floor of the main house to each student on how to prepare for the tea ceremony.
The flowers on the Coral Ardisia blossom with red fruit that seem to surround their trunks in autumn. The white color of the flowers that fall on top of the moss really stands out. The Coral Ardisia trees are the ones in the garden that have grown thin and long with leaves on top. They’re all over the garden; try lowering your line of sight to enjoy looking at their flowers.
Spend a truly Japanese afternoon with appropriately seasonal sweets in a room decorated with seasonal flowers. At Murin-an, you can savor the season’s blessings with all your senses. Tomorrow’s theme is ” Taisho” (大暑), Most Sweltering season in Japan’s 24-season calendar.
Enjoy sitting next to our new flower arrangement in the main house while exploring the delicate taste of wagashi (Japanese sweets) balanced by the pleasantly bitter taste of matcha tea, and also enjoying the soothing view of the garden.
First-come-first-served, there is only a limited availability of tea sweets, which are exclusively created for Murin-an garden.
Date: July, 20 Saturday
Fee: 1000 yen (+Entrance fee. No reservation required)
*limited number /day, first-come-first-served
All our confectionery belong to a limited edition produced exclusively for Murin-an.
To the southwest of the 8-tatami mat space of Murin-an’s main building, there is a slightly elevated mound where a single Chinese Bayberry tree grows. We pruned this tree little by little to preserve it feeling of balance. After clipping some branches, our gardener took a look at the tree to adjust its appearance.
We pruned the Camellia Japonica and Japanese Andromeda.
Here are some pictures of our gardener pruning the area around the garden path leading from the teahouse to the three-step waterfall. He gave a trim to these trees whose flowering periods have ended and whose leaves were growing shaggy. Now you can see the fruit on the Camellia Japonica and Japanese Andromeda peeking out from between their branches. Soft sunlight poured onto the ground, creating a feeling of brightness in the garden.
The Garden Seen as a Whole! Learning How a Garden that is a Nationally Registered Place of Scenic Beauty is Managed and Nurtured
On the afternoon of July 15 (Mon.), we learned about Yamagata Aritomo’s garden vision and the background behind Murin-an’s construction by using documentary materials in the second floor of Murin-an’s main building. In the latter half of the event, we had all our participants experience a little bit of the work that our gardener does at Murin-an.
On the afternoon of July 17 (Wed.), we gave a mini-lecture on the Little Grebe in the 8-tatami mat space of the main building. We explained how this bird looks for food using webbed feet that differ from that of other waterfowl and about its relationship to Lake Biwa. We also had a fun time incorporating a quiz into our lecture.
On the afternoon of July 14 (Sun.), we gave a tour of the garden amid light drizzling rain. As our participants walked around, our participants got to see a scene of gleaming green moss rather different than the garden’s usual scenery.