Penguin Environmental Design

Water in Japanese Gardens: Lecture at Stony Brook University

Takaya Kurimoto gave spoke on water in Japanese gardens at Stony Brook University

Takaya Kurimoto gave a talk “Water in Japanese Gardens” at the Japan Center at Stony Brook University on December 2nd, 2019. Many enthusiastic students and faculty members attended this event! Water has been one of the most important elements of Japanese gardens. Takaya introduced its three different characteristics and background that make it so unique. […]

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol. 5 – Perishable Landscape

Do you know what colored maple leaves and cherry blossoms have in common? The answer is that both are perishable. Their colors, red of maple and pink of cherry, last only for a few days. Japanese people cherish them because of their short lives. Yes, I said “because of”, not “in spite of”. The logical […]

What Inspires Us – Inside Outside

Young dancers rehearsing on the stage. Inside/Outside Theater at Jacob’s Pillow, MA Inspiration for: Inside/Outside Relationship, Being in Nature, Art and Landscape, Quietness

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.4 – Exploring on the Roofs

Japanese townscapes are often referred to as “roofscapes”. When you look at a town from a hill top or a castle, you only see the tiled roofs, either as a mass or as waving lines. But that is not how cats see the roofs. Cats love jumping over gaps and climbing  series of small height differences. Japanese […]

New Haven Rotary Club Invited PED for a Healing Garden Talk

It would be nice to become refleshed by just attending a lunch time talk, would it not? And that was what we saw at the New Haven Rotary Club when Takaya gave another talk on “Healing Gardens and Japanese Gardens: Their Curious Relationship” .  Although his talk is not the therapeutic session itself , but to […]

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