Annual Conference

The Anthony Austin Memorial Conference and AGM

Where the Path LeadsTransmission and Evolution of the Japanese Garden beyond Japan

23rd and 24th September 2017

The Kaetsu Centre, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0SH 


Theme: The transmission of the Japanese Garden beyond Japan from 1868 onwards; the evolution and significance of the Japanese Garden outside Japan and where this may lead in the future.


Saturday 23rd September

10.00  – Registration – Tea/Coffee

10.45 – Welcome: Peter Roberts-Taira, Robert Ketchell

10.55 – Anthony Austin Remembered: Graham Hardman

11.00 – Opening Keynote Lecture: Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Gardens in North America: Kendall Brown

12.15 – Lunch

13.45 – Japanese Gardens in the West: Toshio Watanabe

14.45 – Tea/Coffee

15.15 – The View From Japan:  Takuhiro Yamada

16.15 – Close

16.30 – The JGS Annual General Meeting  – members only (17.15 close)


Sunday 24th September

10.00 – Exploring our Legacy of Japanese-style Gardens in the British Isles: Jill Raggett

11.00 – Tea/Coffee

11.30 – Where the path leads: Mami Mizutori, Colette Barnes and others

12.45 – Lunch

14.15 – Closing Keynote Lecture: The Future of Japanese Gardens: Marc Keane

15.15 – Closing remarks: Robert Ketchell 

15.30 – Conference Close

Conference Speakers

Dr Marc Peter Keane, Landscape architect, artist and writer. Author of ‘Japanese Garden Design’, ‘Sakuteiki’ (a translation co-authored with Jiro Takei), ‘The Japanese Tea Garden’, ‘The Art of Setting Stones’, among others. Presently a fellow at Cornell University’s East Asia Program, Columbia University’s Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, and the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art, Kyoto.

Dr Kendall H Brown, Professor of Asian Art History in the School of Art at California State University. A widely acclaimed author on Japanese and Asian Art and Gardens. Notably the author ofJapanese-style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast’, ‘Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America’, and, most recently, ‘Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Garden Design in North America’. He is a former President of the North American Japanese Garden Association.

Mr Takuhiro Yamada, President of the Hanatoyo Landscape Company in Kyoto and Director of the Garden Society of Japan.

Professor Toshio Watanabe, Professor of History of Art and Design at the University of the Arts, London. Also Professor of Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage at the University of East Anglia, (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures ‘SISJAC’).

Dr Jill Raggett, Former Reader in Designed Landscapes at Writtle College, Essex. Her Doctoral thesis was on the subject of the history of Japanese Gardens constructed in the UK up to 1950.

Ms Mami Mizutori, Executive Director of the SISJAC at The University of East Anglia. The Institute has begun to do more research on Japanese gardens and is working with Professor Watanabe.

Colette Barnes,  Currently working as a Horticulturist at The Chelsea Physic Garden and has trained in Japan and the USA, including participation in the Pilot Waza to Kokoro (Hands and Heart) seminar at the Portland Japanese Garden’s Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture.


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