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JGS Midland Region Lecture Meeting

16th March 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

10.30 Arrival and refreshments

11.00  Chadō:

           An Introduction to the Way of Japanese Tea Ceremony by Steve Parsons

 Between the Stones & the Art of Noh by Jannette Cheong

13.30 Lunch

14.30 The New Matsumae Cherries from Hokkaido by Christopher Sanders

15.30 Close

***To book tickets (£10 p.p.) contact midland@jgs.org.uk by 16 March***


Steve Parsons is a member of the JGS Midlands group and has studied tea ceremony and tea house construction for many years. He says: “Japanese gardens are the perfect settings for both tea houses and tea ceremony. I would like to share my interest and act as a guide through the mysteries of tea and tea house use. I would like also to demonstrate the most basic tea procedure (Rakubon) which I hope makes more formal tea ceremony a little more understandable. My background involves over a decade of training and tea house construction under the guidance of Tea masters from the Urasenke Foundation.”

Jannette Cheong is a poet, writer, designer, curator and an affiliated artist with Theatre Nohgaku. She was the first British person to write an English- language noh, Pagoda, in collaboration with Richard Emmert, the Oshima Theatre and Theatre Nohgaku. Pagoda was premiered at the Southbank Centre, London, in 2009 and toured to Dublin, Oxford and Paris. In 2011 Pagoda opened at the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo and toured to Kyoto, Beijing and Hong Kong and as such is believed to be one of the most internationally performed English-language noh plays to date. Jannette is currently working on a new production, Between the Stones, which includes references to three Japanese cultural icons: noh, karesansui and furin wind chimes. Jannette will explain the art of noh to us as well as giving a reading from Between the Stones. https://www.betweenthestones.com/

Chris Sanders is a holder of the RHS’s Victoria Medal of Honour. He was previously the Production Director of Bridgemere Nurseries, Nantwich Chesire and was central in the establishment of the National Collection of flowering cherries at Keele University. Although now nominally retired, he sits on various RHS committees including the Woody Plant Committee and the Nomenclature and Taxonomy Advisory Group. He is responsible for all woody plant trials and judges at all the major RHS shows including Chelsea. His talk will concentrate on the new Matsumae cherries bred by Masatoshi Asari in cold Hokkaido 


16th March 2019
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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