On the 5th of October a Japanese evening of the publisher Humanitas honoured the latest translation of the novel "The sound of the mountain" by Yasunari Kawabata accompanied by a presentation on Japanese gardens in Europe, in the presence of the representant of the Japanese embassy.
M. Bostenaru 2016 / CC BY
Japanese gardens are ambassadors of Japanese culture in Europe. The settings of the gardens are in German speaking space the Gartenschau, former exhibitions of gardens similar to those of architecture, but in Rome, the place where many roads lead to, there is a garden we showed in the courtyard of the Japanese institute of culture, similarly to typical gardens of other institutes (Dutch, French, German, American etc.). Many time the Japanese gardens are in botanical gardens, showing the flora of that part of the world.
In Romania there are Japanese gardens in several botanical gardens, old (like Cluj Napoca) or new (like Jibou). Also in Bucharest there is a garden in the park of Herastrau, which should be restored.
The evening provided an introduction to the way nature is seen in connection to feelings in Japanese buddhist philosophy. While the composition of the gardens is free and working with distant views like in the English garden, the rules are well set and derive from the cosmical order, which sets also feelings in correspondence with the elements. This way, there is a connection to the novel of Kawabata, which includes a strong presence of nature, from the cherry tree symbol of the Japanese garden to the mountain the sound of which the main character is listening to.
The reporter presented a round trip on Japanese gardens in Europe, contribution to be published.
The event had a large echo in press and radio, and was attended by almost 100 persons.
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