About Your Expert
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.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
As Dr. Campbell indicates, these Japanese rock gardens can be found throughout the world, so this helpful introduction is useful even for those not planning to travel to Japan. Presentation nicely balanced between religion, philosophy, and aesthetics. The modern examples were striking and unexpected.
An excellent look at some of the special places that are gardens in Kyoto. Great for me as I was there exactly 3 years ago on a "Japanese Gardens" tour with Yoko Kurasawa.
Excellent course on the Japanese Zen Rock Gardens with lots of slides to illustrate. Good coverage of the gardens over the centuries including modern designers as well as pre-Zen gardens. Speaker took audience questions during a break in his lecture rather than making us wait until the end--excellent idea.
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