Context On Demand – Japanese Gardens: A Kyoto Introduction with Dr. Gavin Campbell

Context On Demand – Japanese Gardens: A Kyoto Introduction with Dr. Gavin Campbell


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Garden-lovers and philomaths alike will delight in being transported to the peaceful and inspiring landscapes of Japanese gardens by a world-renowned expert on Kyoto.
The attention to garden detail in Japan is unlike any other culture. With their spellbinding tranquility and their bold use of color, shape, and rhythm, gardens are one of Japan’s most significant artistic triumphs. And nowhere is there a greater concentration of these masterworks than in Kyoto. This tour provides a basic overview of these mesmerizing spaces of emerald green and ancient stone.
We begin with the aesthetic principles that guide their construction and maintenance. These include “mono no aware” (the passing of all things), “wabi” (the beauty of austerity) “shakkei” (borrowed scenery), “miegakure” (hide and reveal) and “ma” (space or interval).
With these fundamental building blocks as our guide, we then delve deep into a number of representative gardens, including the Zen rock garden of Ryōanji, the tea garden of Kōtō-in,  the warrior garden at Kinkakuji, and a Kyoto merchant’s townhouse garden. Each of these jewels illuminates basic design principles while also showing how the needs of different clients gave rise to different gardening styles.
Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this On Demand Presentation is led by Gavin Campbell, a Context expert and University Professor who regularly leads tours for Context Travel in Kyoto. 
As you watch, we encourage you to think about these questions:
  1. What are the design principles that struck you as the most innovative -- or the most peculiar?
  2.  Is there anything you might adopt in your own garden? 
  3. How do Japanese gardens seem to differ from famous Western gardens?
Watch On Demand, Submit Questions to Your Expert
Learn Now with Context on Demand. Enjoy this 60-minute webinar that can be watched immediately — or up to 40 days after purchase. As you watch, you can submit questions, thoughts, or comments that will be answered by the expert. Guided discussion questions and recommended reading lists will also be provided to support further learning on the topic. Additional FAQ answers are available below. 

Gavin received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001. He is a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He is also an expert on Kyoto geisha culture and a frequent participant in geisha entertainment.

When will I receive the On Demand Lecture to watch?
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How long is this video presentation?
Each presentation is approximately 60 minutes long.
How long is the presentation available to rewatch? What happens if I need to pause and then resume on a later date?
Your webinar is available to re-watch for up to 40 days from the date of purchase. Use the link in your order confirmation email to re-visit the classroom. 
How can I send Context my questions for the Expert?
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This conversation is suitable for all ages.

60 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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