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South East Region – Virtual Meeting

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Our first talk will be from Sarah Dixon who will take us on a tour of Koishikawa Korakuen.

Sarah particularly enjoys visiting Japan in January and tries to only visit gardens with tea rooms; she nobly made an exception for this talk.

As with so much of Japanese culture, there is more to gardens than meets the eye. Our pleasure in visiting then can be enhanced if we have an idea of their original purpose, why they look the way they do, and what was the garden-maker trying to achieve. We shall be taking a stroll through Koishikawa Korakuen, one of the great gardens of Tokyo, and digging – metaphorically, of course – beneath the surface

This will be followed by Dr. Judith Thomas whose talk is entitled ” They came, They saw. They contributed. “ 

Judith has lived and worked in many countries including the USA ,lndonesia, New Zealand, The
Middle East and JapanJudith lived and worked twice in Japan and pre -Covid  spent considerable time annually in the Far East on research. She has taught at a Buddhist University in Tokyo. Her particular interest is how ancient cultures adapt to the modern world. For the past ten years she has lectured on small cruise ships in the Far East lecturing not only on Japanese history/culture but also on lndian and Burmese history.

Judith has provided this summary of her talk:  One of the most interesting periods in any country’s history is when we see rapid change. For those travellers who came to Japan after 1853 and would see it again fifty years later there would be an amazing and breath-taking difference. Three people came to Japan and contributed amazingly to its history and culture.

Please join us to find out who these 3 people were and the contribution they made!

If you wish to attend this meeting, please contact the secretary at sesec@jgs.org.uk.



May 23
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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