What is the theory behind modern Japanese garden? Yasushi Sakai, a Landscape Architect who specializes in Japanese Garden for 30 years, joins us today to share his experiences. We learn about the philosophy of his work and how he creates healing and therapeutic space in Japanese garden. He also presents his work to us and explains what the rules of Japanese garden are.
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Yasushi Sakai

What is the theory behind modern Japanese garden? Yasushi Sakai, a Landscape Architect who specializes in Japanese Garden for 30 years, joins us today to share his experiences. We learn about the philosophy of his work and how he creates healing and therapeutic space in Japanese garden. He also presents his work to us and explains what the rules of Japanese garden are. Traditionally, Japanese believes human being is part of the nature, and Japanese garden is based on the concept of creating nature in limited space. Sakai is aiming for more. He’s working on creating eco-friendly and sustainable modern Japanese garden. Tune in to find out more.

Charmed by gardening, it has past more than 30 years since Yasushi Sakai began his career in this field. A current trend in Japanese Gardens is “natural taste” and zoki (brushes)-planted gardens. The style was established by world-renowned Japanese landscape architect, Juki Iida in 1960. Sakai’s mentor/teacher was very much influenced by Iida’s works as well as his philosophy, “natural taste” in comparison to conventional Japanese gardening, is the root of Sakai’s work. His motto is to create a harmonious balance in a given space and environment for those who live in, see and feel. The connection between human beings and the nature has been said to be lessen, at least felt that way, it is landscape architects’ mission to create and re-create the contact. Traditional Japanese gardens have an important message to us. “I would like to create such a therapeutic space through Japanese gardens.” said Sakai.

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