First Japanese Garden in the Heart of Asia: A place where East meets West

  • Victor Kuzevanov
  • Hajime Matsushima
  • Takuhiro Yamada
  • Svetlana Sizykh
  • Alexey Ponomarev


This article, through words and pictures, tells the story of how and why a small piece of Japanese cultural heritage – a genuine Japanese garden – was established in the heart of Asia in Irkutsk through a partnership between two sister-universities and a long lasting friendship between Russo-Japanese communities in both countries. The first Japanese garden was created in the greenhouse of the Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University in 2012 to provide a new cross-disciplinary ethnobotanical and cultural facility for students and the local public. The 35-sq.m garden (7m x 5 m) was developed to provide an opportunity for visitors to experience one of the great horticultural art forms of the world without leaving Irkutsk.


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Author Biographies

Victor Kuzevanov

Ph.D., Scientific Supervisor, Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University

Hajime Matsushima

Ph.D., Lecturer, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan)

Takuhiro Yamada

landscape designer, Hanatoyo Landscape Co., Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan)

Svetlana Sizykh

Ph.D., head of the Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University

Alexey Ponomarev

M.Sc., architect, JSC “Irkutskgrazhdanproject”

How to Cite
KUZEVANOV, Victor et al. First Japanese Garden in the Heart of Asia: A place where East meets West. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 46, p. 142-147, dec. 2015. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 05 july 2020. doi:


Japanese garden; Irkutsk; Siberia; university; botanic garden; greenhouse; plants; landscape design; art; horticulture