国際文化会館庭園
International House of Japan Garden





国際文化会館庭園
六本木,  東京
7 月 16 日  

International House of Japan Garden
Roppongi, Tokyo
July 16 // 2021
We shared the Koe No Kinen Hi ‘Voice Monuments’ in the International House’s lush traditional garden. 

This peaceful garden was designed by Kyoto landscape artist Ogawa Jihei  in the shakkei style.  This ancient tradition, literally translated as ‘borrowed scenery’ relies on an economical use of space.  The blending of natural elements with its surroundings gives the magical illusion that the greenery extends infinitely.

The International House of Japan’s grounds and gardens were once home to feudal lords of the Tadotsu Domain from the Edo Period to the last days of the shogunate. After passing through the building’s entrance, it’s hard to believe that this verdant oasis is surrounded by one of Tokyo’s most popular nightlife zones. 



 
This peaceful garden was designed by Kyoto landscape artist Ogawa Jihei  in the shakkei style.  This ancient tradition, literally translated as ‘borrowed scenery’, relies on an economical use of space.  The blending of natural elements with its surroundings gives the magical illusion that the greenery extends infinitely.


These walks had a very different quality from our other processions in public spaces.  Rather than the surprise of encountering the ‘Voice Monuments’ as people they went about their daily lives,  visitors were required register in advance for COVID safety.  People wandered throughout the garden’s hillocks and pathways, seeking out the Koe No Kinen Hi ‘Voice Monuments’. This idyllic garden invited people to slow down and listen to the poetic stories from Tohoku.

After the garden walk, the artist team sat in conversation with writer and art critic  Taisuke Shimanuki.  Watch the presentation video here.




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