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Spirit and Art in the Japanese Garden

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Spirit and Art in the Japanese Garden

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Thursday, March 28
1:00–3:00 p.m. PT
Speaker: Stephen Mansfield, photojournalist and author
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Join the Asian Arts Council for an online program featuring a brief introductory survey of the history of Japanese gardens, illustrating their rich diversity of forms and genres, shared by British photojournalist and author Stephen Mansfield. The main focus of the talk will be on the stone garden, or dry landscape, the most enduring garden type.


Speaker Biography

Stephen Mansfield, a British author and freelance photojournalist based in Japan, has seen his work featured in over 60 magazines, newspapers, and journals worldwide, including The GeographicalThe Middle East, Critical Asian StudiesCNN TravelIkebana International, and The Japan Journal. These pieces have covered current issues, travel, interviews, cultural, and literature. He is a regular contributor to the Japan Times and Nikkei Asia. To date, he has had twenty books published, four of them on the culture and people of Laos. Tokyo: A Cultural And Literary History, published by Signal/Oxford University Press, came out in the spring of 2009. Japanese Stone Gardens: Origins, MeaningForm (with a forward by Donald Richie) was brought out by Tuttle Publishing in 2010; Japan’s Master Gardens: Lessons in Space & Environment, 2011; Tokyo A Biography appeared in 2017; 100 Japanese Gardens, 2019; and 100 Tokyo Sights came out in 2020. He is currently working on a book for the British publisher Thames & Hudson on modern Japanese garden design.


Please note, this session will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

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Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council.


Featured at top right: Photo of Shuheki-in Garden, located in Ohara, Japan.

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March 28
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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