Murin-an was featured on Arte (a French and German public TV station). The program focused on the Kyoto Zen gardens with more than 1000-year-old history and compared with that of Murin-an as a representative of naturalistic gardens. The company president Tomoki Kato introduced a Japanese gardening technique “Hisen-sawari – a display of Japanese aesthetics, modesty by placing a single branch of a tree to hide a part of the waterfall.” Please enjoy the program which is bilingual in French and German.
Murin-an was featured in a travel magazine called “Tabi-no-Techo” as a leading modern Japanese garden, drawing in the water from Lake Biwa canal. The magazine introduces Murin-an as a creation of the noted garden craftsman Jihei Ogawa VII and a representative of the transient sensibility of the Meiji period. Please ask at the reception for a 10-minute guided tour offered free of charge any time of the day.
The Austrian Federal Gardens visited us at Murin-an, as part of the Austrian-Japanese Garden Culture Symposium. While introducing techniques and thoughts on Japanese garden culture and landscape, we learned about the Austrian garden culture, history and craftsmanship as well. It was a valuable opportunity to share our common ideas on the importance of making the gardens’ values palpable to the visitors as well as managing gardens according to land and climate.
UEYAKATO welcomed a group of Buddhist monks, who work as probation officers in their communities, to Murin-an. Referring to a talk given the day before, our president Tomoki Kato explained the characteristics of Murin-an as a cultural asset and showed examples of our garden fostering efforts. Blessed by good weather the participants could afterward enjoy the tour through the garden by a Murin-an staff despite being the rainy season.
Our veteran garden craftsman Sakaue gave a tour of Konchi-in Temple and Murin-an for an event of Maimai Kyoto Tours. He talked about the characteristics of two legendary gardeners Enshu Kobori and Jihei Ogawa VII from the different eras who made each garden respectively. The participants were able to understand the history behind those magnificent gardens and our modern-day fostering method to sustain cultural assets and also enjoyed the garden artisan’s personal episodes.
Our company president, Tomoki Kato, presented and guided through Murin-an and Konchi-in Temple (part of the Nanzenji-Temple complex) during a group event, which was sponsored by the Kyoto Heritage Preservation Association. At Murin-an Garden, the emphasis of the speech lay on the original garden concept by Aritomo Yamagata as well as how to foster the garden from a perspective of designated management. At Konchi-in, participants could both enjoy a tour of Hojo Garden (created by Enshu Kobori) as well as Hasso-seki– a unique tea room. Participants were listening attentively and reaffirmed the importance of preserving cultural properties.