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Tsurugaoka Intellectual Salon

Shinto and Japanese Garden

21 March 2015

14:00 Welcoming ceremony at the main shrine of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
14:30 Lecture by Chief Priest Rev. Mr. Yoshida
  “Japanese traditional values of nature”
15:00 Lecture by the master gardener of Ueji, Mr. Jihee Ogawa
  “Japanese Garden”
15:30 Guided Tour of Peony Garden of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu


Biography of the guest lecturer
Jihee Ogawa
Gardener of Japanese Traditional Garden

Born in 1942. After graduating from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1966, Mr. Ogawa inherited Jihee the 11th and became the 11th head of the family’s gardening company “Ueji” in 1970. In 2006, he succeeded to the name of Jihee Ogawa. Currently, he is also a visiting professor at St. Agnes’ University (since 2006), and a special professor at Kyoto Forestry University (since 2012).

Jihee Ogawa has put an importance on giving priority to clients’ requests, and the family of Ogawa has passed on not only its name but also its spirit and skills for 250 years. Jihee the 7th, the most known of all, created gardens of Heian Jingu shrine and Maruyama Park which are designated as National Sites of Scenic Beauty. Currently, the 11th generation is leading the family’s gardening company “Ueji” with his son. The current Jihee conducts promotion activities such as lectures, and appearing on TV and radio.

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