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

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

Abstract


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.


Keywords


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

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7480/projectbaikal.46.967

DOI (PDF (Русский)): http://dx.doi.org/10.7480/projectbaikal.46.967.962



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