Nature in Miniature in Modern-Japanese Urban Space: Tsubo-niwa – Pocket Gardens
This lecture by Agnese Haijima will explore Japanese approach towards nature through the phenomenon of tsubo-niwa – translated in a variety of ways: “courtyard gardens”, “small gardens in a limited space”, “pocket gardens”. Open for all.
The speaker will trace their historical development and modern interpretation in recent architectural projects both for private residences and buildings for public use.
Through the discussion of Japanese attitudes towards nature, the analysis of the historical development of Japanese gardens as well as the studies of gardens themselves, the speaker argues that the nature found in Japanese gardens of any historical period has never been similar to wild nature.
They are a product of Japanese philosophy, culture and adjusted to serve people’s needs. Though recent architectural and garden projects tend to reflect a more caring attitude towards nature, attempt to take it closer to people’s lives and educate the younger generation in eco-friendly way.
Agnese Haijima is currently working as Associated Professor in the University of Latvia, she is the Head of Japanese studies. Tsubo-gardens is her recent topic of research. She graduated from Nagoya University in 2009.