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.

Outline Programme

Saturday 23rd September: The Migration and Evolution of Gardens from Japan

  • Developments in North America (Keynote lecture): – Kendall Brown – How Japanese gardens have been interpreted and developed in North America (which led the way and has the largest concentration of significant public gardens outside of Japan).
  • Foreigner’s Encounters with Japanese Gardens: – Toshio Watanabe – The first encounters in person and in print, the transnational shift during the early twentieth century and the global spread of Japanese Gardens up to now.
  • The view from Japan of Japanese gardens in other countries: – Takuhira Yamada – How interpretations of the Japanese garden tradition are perceived from a Landscape Company Director’s point of view.

Saturday – Conference Registration 10.15 a.m.,  First Speaker 11.00 a.m.


Sunday 24th September: Developments and future outlook in the UK

The significance of Japanese gardens outside Japan

  • Developments in the UK: – Jill Raggett – Exploring our legacy of gardens and why they were built.
  • Where might the Path lead? – Future prospects in the UK: – Education, Training, Skills Development, Research, Maintenance and issues surrounding the creation of new gardens.   Contributors: Mami Mizutori, Marc Keane, Kendall Brown, Colette Barnes, plus a film of the Japanese Garden School programme in Portland Oregon.
  • Panel discussion with audience participation. 
  • Interpretation and significance of Japanese gardens outside Japan (Keynote closing lecture): – Marc Keane 

Sunday – JGS Annual General Meeting 09.00 a.m., First Speaker 10.00 a.m.


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, Vice-Chair of JGS Midlands Region, Currently working as a Horticulturist at Hidcote Manor for the National Trust 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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Accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights  (22nd & 23rd) is also available, at extra cost, via the Murray Edwards College. 

Single and twin rooms are available, which can be booked by contacting the College direct on 01223 762267

At the time of writing the prices for rooms at the College were £134.40 per night for a twin room, £88.20 per night for a Single. These prices include VAT AND Breakfast.