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Japanese gardens in Romania
From Cluj to Bucharest

The Japanese embassy supports the restoration of the Japanese garden in Bucharest and on this occasion Takuhiro Yamada visited it in 2016 and 2017 presents it to the Romanian public with a lecture at the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism on the 13th of November. The Japanese embassy also visited other gardens in Romania, including the oldest one, the one in Cluj.

Japanese garden in Cluj
Maria Bostenaru 2017 / CC BY
Japanese garden in Cluj
Takuhiro Yamada will held 13th of November a lecture on the history of the Japanese garden, as part of the series of cooperation between the Japanese embassy and the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, following the previous events to the 125th anniversary of the University, which included the Dr. h. c. award to architect Kengo Kuma. In the restoration of the Japanese garden he involved the university having numerous discussions with the landscape architecture representatives, such as assoc. prof. dr. arch. Cerasella Craciun.
The cultural referent of the embassy has made a documentation on Japanese gardens in Romania, which started with the oldest one, the garden in the "Alexandru Borza" botanical garden of Cluj. This botanical garden was founded 1920. The Japanese garden is surrounded by high trees through which it differs from those in Jibou we presented and presents a lake with bridges and a tea house, as well as sacred gates. The stone sculptures are also present. Through its presence in a botanical garden it is again an element of exhibition of rare Oriental plants in a landscape architecturally shaped environment. 
The garden to be restored in Bucharest is however different, it is in a park instead. But also this park emerged as an exhibition, the exhibition Luna Bucurestilor (Bucharest's month) in the interwar time along with the forming of the Emerald necklace of lakes on the river Colentina with which the Le Notre forum 2015 dealt, same as the one of Cluj. The Japanese garden was shaped later on.

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23. Oct 2017
Reported by Maria BOSTENARU DAN


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