7 September 2019

Illustrated lecture: Nature and seasons in Japanese art and gardens

Japan’s four distinct seasons have been a source of inspiration to artists and poets for hundreds of years.

Celebrating change and the seasons are vital elements in the design and seasonal activities within Japanese gardens.


  • 12pm – 12.30pm: Japanese Garden Society members meet in café for lunch (optional – not included)
  • 1pm – 1.15pm: Event registration in the schools room
  • 1.15pm – 2.15pm: Celebrating the seasons in a Japanese Garden with Yoko Kawaguchi
  • 3.45pm – 4pm: Tea and coffee break
  • 3.15pm – 3.45pm: Nature and gardens in Bristol’s Japanese woodblock prints with Kate Newnham
  • 3.45pm – 4.45pm: Self-directed tour of the gallery

The day has been developed by Japanese Garden Society in collaboration with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and will be led by Yoko Kawaguchi and Kate Newnham.

Yoko is a cultural historian specialising in Japanese gardens and the relationship between Japan and the West. Kate is senior curator of Visual Arts at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery with a life-long interest in Japanese culture.

Part of the Masters of Japanese Prints: Nature and seasons exhibition.

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