This program will provide students the opportunity to observe, study, and understand the biology, history, and design of Japanese gardens. Students will study the design of these gardens with special attention to the plants, animals and non-living elements included in these gardens. The essence of Japanese gardens can be traced to pre-Buddhist Shinto belief systems, where stones, animals, plants, and water features become living, animate forms that embody sacred ideals. The selected gardens in Kyoto, Japan are representative of the various types of Japanese gardens and the periods of history that they represent. Students will experience gardens that are hundreds of years old with their own eyes, in a country whose history, religion, and culture has shaped these gardens.
Biology, Design, and History of Japanese Gardens
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