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INTRODUCTION

This illustrated lecture explores the place of the garden in contemporary Japanese society and culture.

The presentation first notes some of the most obvious differences between gardens found in the West and those located in the Japanese islands, then outlines the types of gardens likely to be encountered in Japan. The discussion next turns to a consideration of the types of materials, objects and plants most likely to be found in the Japanese garden.

The intent to engage all our senses in a controlled, yet "natural" setting is explored along with the importance attached to marking the annual cycle of the seasons and recognizing the ongoing impact of Time's passage.

Extensive attention is also given to the interplay between house and garden and to the variety of literary, aesthetic poetic and religious influences at work in the Japanese garden setting.

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