NAJGA 2018 International Conference



REGISTRATION:  NAJGA offers theaw registration times. To avoid the morning rush before the Friday tour & opening plenary sessions, please plan to register the day prior.

Thursday September 27th, 4:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday September 28th, 8:00 am – 9:00 am, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday September 29th, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday September 30th, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday October 1st, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm



Room numbers for panel discussions to be announced soon!

Lunch will be provided for conferences sessions.  Breakfast is on your own.

Headsets for simultaneous translation to Japanese will be distributed at the beginning of each day. Please allow extra time for receiving a headset. When leaving and returning to the Pavilion Ballroom, please leave and pick up your headset and sign the sheet accordingly. Please do not remove the headsets from the Pavilion Ballroom.


Saturday, September 29

(1) 9:00 – 10:30 AM: Opening and plenary lecture
Opening remarks by NAJGA board members, with welcome remarks from Consul General Takashi Teraoka of the Consular Office of Japan in Portland (Kendall Brown, moderator)

Hiromasa Amasaki & Tomoki Kato— Japanese Gardens in the Modern Era: Ueji the 7th. Presented in Japanese with consecutive translation to English by Hugo Torii, Director of Grounds Maintenance, Portland Japanese Garden.  
Location: Pavilion ballroom

10:30 – 10:45 AM: Break
Network and check out the community tables. Location: Plaza Foyer

10:45 – 12:00 PM: Concurrent sessions

(2a) Gardens as Healing Places (Luanne Kanzawa, moderator)
Paul Allison—Therapeutic Elements of a Japanese Style Garden
Luanne Kanzawa—A Wellness Program for Military Veterans and Personnel
Seiko Goto—The Power of Healing by Viewing Gardens
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 
Location: Pavilion ballroom

(2b) Advocacy and Outreach (Kim Andrews, moderator)
K.T. Cannon-Eger— Learning from a Centennial Garden: How Partnerships Help a Garden
James Card—Fukkatsu: Rebirth of the Gresham Japanese Garden
Daniel Hirshberg— Achieving Interdependence: Approving & Installing a College Garden
Location: Broadway room

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
Location: Plaza foyer
Lunchtime presentation in the Pavilion ballroom, 12:20-12:40: David Cobb—Photography By Design: Following the Designer’s Lead
Book signings & sales at Community Tables in Plaza foyer.

1:00 – 2:20 PM: Concurrent sessions

(3a) Preservation of Fire: Teaching the Art of Japanese Gardens Now (Steven Pitsenbarger, moderator)
Kristin Faurest, Kazuo Mitsuhashi, and Tim Gruner
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 
Location: Pavilion ballroom

(3b)  The Benefits of Good Design (Junko Liesfeld, moderator)
Johanna Schorr—Staying Vital: The Evolution of Two Pacific Rim Japanese Gardens
Martin Mosko & Alxe Noden—Japanese Gardens: The Ultimate Healing Environments
Masayuki Komatsu—Introduction of Latest Landscape Design Technology (RIK)
Location: Broadway room

2:20 – 2:40 PM: Break
Network and check out the community tables. Location: Plaza Foyer

2:40 – 4:00 PM: Concurrent sessions

(4a) The Evolving Roles of Gardens in Japan (Luanne Kanzawa, moderator)
Naoko Makita—The Presentation of Civic Japanese Gardens in Miyazaki Prefecture
Miyuki Katahira—The Global Circulation of Garden Status
Yasunori Mori—Enable, Mediate & Advocate: New Roles in the Japanese Garden Community
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation.

(4b) The Powers (and Perils) of Gardens (John Powell, moderator)
Michael Hagedorn— Misinformation and Myths of Horticulture
John Devore— The Restorative Garden, Practical Applications of Intuitive Awareness
Chris Kane—Japanese Garden Design + Construction for a Private Garden
Location: Broadway room

4:10 – 5:10 PM: Plenary
(5) The Earthquake Revival Memorial Garden in Miyagi (Bonnie Clark, moderator)
Kazuo Mitsuhashi, Francheska Snyder, and Eietsu Yokoyama
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Banquet Registration & No Host Bar  
Location: Plaza Foyer

7:00 PM: Banquet
A dinner honoring Hoichi Kurisu. With pre-paid reservations only.
Location: Atrium Ballroom

Sunday, September 30

9:00 – 10:20 AM: Plenary sessions

(6) 9:00-9:40 AM Gardens and Zen at Taizo’in, Myoshinji 
Rev. Daiko Matsuyama
Introduced by Diane Durston, Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art and Education, Portland Japanese Garden

(7) 9:40-10:30 AM Projects for Restoration (Louis Rinfret, moderator)
Ryuichi Wakisaka—The Japanese Government’s Overseas Garden Restoration Project
Gwen Stauffer—Lotusland’s Restoration Project
Location for both sessions: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

10:30 – 10:45 AM: Break
Network and check out the community tables. Location: Plaza Foyer

10:45 – 12:00 PM: Concurrent sessions

(8a) Commemoration and Memory (Karen Szyjka, moderator)
Steven PitsenbargerA Living History of the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden
Jeff BurtonManzanar’s WWII Gardens:  Excavation, Stabilization & Restoration
Toshio Watanabe—The Asia Pacific War and Japanese Gardens
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

(8b) Global Challenges I: Defining Japanese Gardens (Koichi Kobayashi and Edzard Teubert, moderators)
Koichi Kobayashi—The Japanese Garden in the World of Bitcoin, Wikipedia and A.I
Noriko Kawai—Zen’ami & Zeami: Higashiyama Culture & Japanese Gardens
Edzard Teubert—Defining the Dewy Path: Beauty, Readability & Universal UX

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
Location: Atrium ballroom
Lunchtime video in the Pavilion ballroom, Noriko Kawai’s “Teika”
Book signings & sales at Community Tables in Plaza foyer.

1:00 – 2:10 PM: Concurrent sessions

(9a) Culture & Aesthetics: The “Arts” of Japanese Gardens (Brian Pendleton, moderator)
Frederic Schneider—Gardens at Japanese Craft Studios & Retailers Around 1900
Diane Durston—The Landscape of All We Know: How Cultural Programming Deepens the Experience of the Garden
Desirae Wood—Chabana Niwa: Context, Curation & Connotation in Portland
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

(9b) Global Challenges II:  Re-Defining Japanese Gardens  (Koichi Kobayashi and Edzard Teubert, moderators)
Fumiaki Takano— Beyond Albert Kahn: Design & Collaborative Construction in Paris
Seiko Goto—The Spatial Effect of Japanese Gardens
Carla Amorim—Defining Japanese Gardens in Europe: Survey Results
Location: Broadway room

2:10 – 2:30 PM: Break
Network and check out the community tables. Location: Plaza Foyer

2:30 – 3:40 PM: Concurrent sessions

(10a) Authenticity and Adaptation I (Don Meiners, moderator)
Christian Tagsold—Cultural Translations: Japanese Gardens Between East & West
Emmanuel Marès—The Bridge: Iconic Symbol of Japanese Gardens
Sergey Kalyuzhny—The First Japanese Garden in Siberia
Location: Pavilion ballroom

(10b) Leveraging Cultural Heritage for Revitalization: Unique Gardens of Hirosaki (Sada Uchiyama, moderator)
Katsuyuki Hyodo— Oishi Bugaku-ryu Garden History & Characteristics
Katsuyuki Hyodo & Toru Koishikawa—Developing & Maintaining the National Treasure Seibi’en
Toru Koishikawa—Oishi Bugaku-ryu as Identity, Asset & Opportunity
Location: Broadway room
In Japanese with consecutive English translation. 

3:50 – 4:45 PM: Plenary
(11) Portland Japanese Garden: Expanding on a Legacy (Larry Rosensweig, moderator)
Steve Bloom—Building the Foundation
Balazs Bognar —Form & Function in Cultural Crossing
Sada Uchiyama—Matchmaking Between Architecture & Landscape  
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation.  

5:30 – 7:30 PM: Reception at Portland Japanese Garden
In honor of Diane Durston, Portland Japanese Garden Curator of Culture, Art and Education, who will retire at the end of 2018 and retain the title of Curator Emeritus. Attendance by pre-paid reservation only. Gather in the hotel ground floor lobby after the end of the plenary. Buses depart starting at 5 p.m. from SW Salmon Street between SW 6th and SW 7th, near the Starbucks. Buses may need to make more than one trip, which means the second departure for the Garden will be approximately 5:30. We thank you for your patience. Buses depart the Garden to return to the Hilton starting at 7:30 p.m. We will not be checking attendance on the buses, so if you plan to use the bus either way, you must be on time.

Monday, October 1

9:00 – 10:20 AM: Plenary
(12) Japanese Gardens in the UK & the Japanese Garden Society (Sada Uchiyama, moderator)
Graham Hardman—Interpreting Japanese Gardens in the UK, Then and Now
Robert Ketchell—25 Years of the Garden Society of the U.K.
Kate White —Cowden Japanese Garden, Scotland
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

10:20 – 10:40 AM: Break
Network and check out the community tables. Location: Plaza Foyer

10:40 – 12:00 AM: Concurrent sessions

(13a) Authenticity & Adaptation II (Daryl Toby, moderator)
Per Anderson & Annelise Larsen—Japanese Gardens in Denmark
Ken Lamb—The Gosford-Edogawa Garden in the 21st Century
Mira Locher—Shunmyo Masuno’s “Zen Gardens” Outside Japan
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

(13b) Skill as Insight (K.T. Cannon-Eger, moderator)
Douglas Brooks—Wasen, The Japanese Boat in the Garden
Leslie Buck—Raising the Bar for American Craftspeople: Quality, Pride & Other Lessons Learned in Kyoto
Luminita Vollmer—The Impact of Japanese Garden Elements on Our Private Lives
Location: Broadway room

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
Location: Atrium ballroom

1:00 – 2:20 PM: Concurrent sessions

(14a) Tradition Moving Forward: Green Infrastructure at Portland Japanese Garden
(Kelly McLeod, moderator)
Sada Uchiyama, Desirae Wood, Adam Hart, Chelsea McCann, Danielle Pruett
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

(14b) The Dynamics of Preservation and Restoration (Steven Pitsenbarger, moderator)
Kim Andrews—Interpreting Garden Preservation: the Case of Shofuso
Scott Cardinal—George Harrison’s Japanese Garden
Koichi Kobayashi—Exploring Ways to Save Seko Garden
Location: Broadway room

2:20 – 2:40 PM: Break
Network and check out the community tables. Location: Plaza Foyer

2:40 – 4:00 PM: Concurrent sessions

(15a) Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: The Restoration of Hatley Park (Karen Szyjka, moderator)
Jenny Seeman—Gateway to Promise: Issei Experience in Victoria
Jenny Seeman—Tracing the Designers Through Historical Record
Barrie Agar—Challenges in Time & Place: Maintaining the Original Vision
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

(15b) Special Topics in Gardening (Don Meiners, moderator)
Nick Esthus—Tree Removal & Redevelopment of the Fort Worth Japanese Garden
Takuhiro Yamada—Damage Caused by Soil Erosion and Sunshine
Dale Sievert—Moss Gardening in Japan
Location: Broadway room

(16) 4:10 – 5:00 PM: Plenary closing session
Preview of upcoming events, closing remarks (NAJGA leadership)
Location: Pavilion ballroom
With simultaneous Japanese translation. 

Important information about off-site events

Please note that these events are available if you have a pre-paid reservation only. Reservations are no longer available.

Friday bus tour of Hoichi Kurisu’s Willamette Valley landscapes
Meet at 8:45 AM. in Hilton ground floor lobby. We will then walk to the bus boarding point on SW Salmon between SW 6th and SW 7th, diagonal from the hotel entrance just past the Starbucks. We will return to the Hilton by approximately 6:45 PM.

Tuesday walking tour of iconic Portland landscapes
Meet at 8:40 AM. in the Hilton ground floor lobby to walk to the first site. The tour concludes approximately 12:30 PM at Tanner Springs Park. A small snack and public transit pass will be provided.

Problems? Here are some helpful contact numbers:

Christina Zakimi, NAJGA: 619-708-8977
Marisa Espinosa, NAJGA: 619-665-3802
Kristin Faurest, Portland Japanese Garden 503-501-0260
Kanako Yanagi, Portland Japanese Garden 503-701-2329



Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-noon: Boundaries of strength and grace: A bamboo workshop at the Portland Japanese Garden

Instructors: Sadafumi Uchiyama and Hugo Torii of the Portland Japanese Garden, Kazuo Mitsuhashi and Isamu Honkawa of the Garden Society of Japan, and special guest instructors Takashi Miki and Tadashi Kuribayashi of Miki Bamboo of Kyoto

Level: intermediate. Participants will work in five teams to constructing permanent structures at five locations around the Garden including Yotsume gaki, Misu gaki, Chisan gaki and Teppo gaki. Participants will each be assigned to an area by instructors. There will be no basic-level instruction provided, so participants must have intermediate-level experience with bamboo fence construction sufficient to construct the styles listed above. Tools and supplies are provided. Please dress appropriately and wear work boots. Lunch and transportation are not provided.

Registration: The workshop is an optional event that is open to registered conference participants only. If you wish to participate in the workshop, please send an e-mail including proof of conference registration to Kristin Faurest at You will then receive instructions for credit card payment.

The workshop is a presentation of the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center and is also part of the Center’s Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart seminar on Japanese garden arts. More information on the Center:

FRIDAY, September 28 – all day (FULL!): Bus Tour of Hoichi Kurisu’s Willamette Landscapes
Guided by Hoichi Kurisu & Local Professionals
$85 per person (lunch included).  Limited to 100 participants

8:45 a.m.: Meet in Hilton Hotel lobby, depart
10:30 – 11:45: Arrival at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital

Tour Samaritan Hospital Garden with Hoichi Kurisu and Betty Koehn
Watch video, “Creation of Lebanon Hospital.”
12 p.m.:  Lunch Buffet in Convention Center, Boulder Falls Inn.
Hotel manager speaks about the value of the garden.
1:00 p.m.: Visit Boulder Falls Garden with Hoichi Kurisu. [note – one group will visit Boulder Falls before lunch, Hospital after]
2:15 p.m.: bus departs
4:00 p.m.: Arrival at Fernhill Wetlands Gardens

Tour of gardens with Kurisu, Diane Taniguchi & Fernhill staff
5:30 p.m.: bus departs
6:30 p.m.: Arrival at Hilton Hotel

Samaritan Lebanon Hospital Garden. This 11,000 sq. foot courtyard garden provides calming waterfall views for patients receiving chemo-therapy infusions and a “remedy in green” for visitors and employees. Made in 2005, it revived human spirits and the local economy.

Boulder Falls Garden. This 1-acre stroll garden is the focal point of a hotel and convention center across from Samaritan Hospital. Dramatic waterfalls feed a large pool, bringing a sense of place to a former field.

Fernhill Wetlands Gardens. Enlarging his mission from healing spirits to healing nature, Kurisu is just completing this wetlands landscape where Japanese stroll-garden features meet a rural wetlands made to clean water and provide a home for birds and other wildlife.

TUESDAY, October 2 – 8 am to noon (FULL!): Walking (& Transit) Tour of Iconic Portland Landscapes
Guided by Kristin Faurest & Ken Brown & Local Specialists
$39 per person (includes 1-day transit pass.  Lunch not included.). Limited to 50 participants

photo by Walt Lockley

8 am: Meet in Downtown Hilton hotel lobby; depart (walk .3 mile)
8:15 am:
Keller Fountain Park, 3rd Avenue and Clay,
Tour with member of the Lawrence Halprin Conservancy

8:45 am: Depart (blue/red rail line 1 mile; walk .2) for Riverfront Park
9:15 am: Japanese American Historical Plaza, 3rd Avenue and Clay,
Tour by Cynthia Basye. Nikkei Endowment education director.
9:45 am: Depart  (walk .3 mile) for Pearl District
10 am: Lan Su Chinese Garden,
Tour with docent
11 am: Depart via  #77 bus & Street Car (1 mile)
Tour by Cynthia Basye. Nikkei Endowment education director.
11:15 am: Tanner Springs Park.
Tour by Zari Santner, former Parks Director
12 noon: Conclusion. Depart via Street Car for Hilton Hotel (1 mile)

Keller Fountain Park. Designed in 1970 by Lawrence Halprin, the iconic Portland fountain recalls waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge. It was awarded by ASLA.

Japanese American Historical Plaza. Robert Murase designed this sculptural garden to commemorate Japanese American immigrant experience. Among a riverside cherry grove, 13 basalt and granite stones are inscribed with poems.

Lan Su Chinese Garden. This 4,000 square foot walled garden brings the Suzhou garden style into the heart of Portland’s trendiest neighborhood. Completed in 2000, it uses 500 tons of Taihu stone as well as 400 species of plants among 5 pavilions around a central lake.

Tanner Springs Park. In 2010, Herbert Drieseitl created this pocket park that combines an Italian piazza with an urban wetland. The sound of rushing water mixes with native grasses and trees and an Artwall of rail tracks and glass.


Barrie Agar has thirty-five years of experience in the horticultural world. Her training on old estates in Ireland was useful for her tenure as Head Gardener at Hatley Park. Trips to Japan to study some of the classic gardens laid the groundwork for restoring and adapting the current Japanese Garden at Hatley Park.

Paul Allison is Supervisor of Gardens and Grounds at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, where he manages the oldest intact Japanese-style garden in Canada. With a landscape architect from Morioka, Japan, he has co-designed a therapeutic garden at Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria.

Hiromasa Amasaki holds a PhD from Kyoto University. He designs and supervises renowned gardens and leads the conservation and restoration of cultural property gardens. He has published numerous books and been widely awarded. Among his various honors: Japan Landscape Architecture Society and Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Distinguished Service Award.

Carla Amorim is building global stages, specifically a universal garden stage through Facebook. Her passion is to connect two powerful expressions of human insight and natural beauty: the Camino de Santiago, “The Way of St. James,” near her home in Spain and the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage, “The Ancient Path to Kumano,” in Wakayama, Japan.

Per Andersen has worked with Japanese garden designs for fifteen years. He is the author of numerous articles in the NIWA magazine and is a frequent presenter on Japanese gardens in Denmark.

Kim Andrews has been the Executive Director of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia since 2010 and merged her organization with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia in 2016, continuing organizational growth and increasing capacity. She is the recent past president of the North American Japanese Garden Association.

Steve Bloom, CEO of Portland Japanese Garden since 2005, was instrumental in creating the North American Japanese Garden Association as well as the International Japanese Garden Training Center. In 2015, Bloom was awarded Japan’s Foreign Minister’s Commendation. Most recently, Bloom oversaw the completion of a $37 million expansion at PJG to international acclaim.

Balazs Bognar is an American architect and design director at Kengo Kuma and Associates. He received his Master in Architecture from Harvard University. Bognar is based in Tokyo and focuses on projects primarily in the US. Significant projects include: Red Bull Music Academy Japan (Tokyo, 2014), Shizuku by Chef Naoko (Portland, 2016), and Portland Japanese Garden (2017).

Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer, and researcher. He has been studying traditional Japanese boatbuilding since 1990 and has studied with seven different boatbuilders throughout Japan. He has built boats for four Japanese gardens in the US and Japan and is the author of four books on Japanese boatbuilding..

Leslie Buck is author of New York Times reviewed Japanese garden memoir, Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship In The Gardens of Kyoto. She has managed a thriving aesthetic business and taught her craft for over two decades in addition to working with the Kyoto landscaping firm, Uetoh Zoen. For photos from her memoir and contact info-

Jeff Burton is Cultural Resource Program Manager at Manzanar National Historic Site in California. Each year he leads volunteer projects uncovering Manzanar’s history, including gardens built by imprisoned Japanese Americans during WWII. In 2017 he received an award for excellence from the Society for American Archaeology for his work at confinement sites.

K.T. Cannon-Eger is president of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawai`i and is an enthusiastic supporter of Japanese gardens. She is a retired public relations professional and landscape gardener with Master Gardener certification through the University of Hawai`i. She is a founding NAJGA member and is active on the board.

James Card is Board President of Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association and a retired professional landscaper. His expertise and connections in the industry were instrumental in the rebirth of the Tsuru Island Japanese Garden in Oregon.

Scott Cardinal is an architectural historian, design-psychology advocate, documentary producer, lecturer, and author of books showcasing historic homes and  gardens of architectural and social significance. He is the writer and producer of countless audio tours for historic sites, cultural attractions, museums, and more. He is the ideator of

David M. Cobb is a professional photographer. He has a particular fondness for photographing Japanese gardens, and his Japanese garden images fill the book Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America. His Japanese garden photo exhibition is currently touring the U.S. and was recently shown at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

John Devore is a designer, garden builder, teacher and writer from Cincinnati. Major projects include Cincinnati Nature Center, Hospice of Dayton, and Cleveland’s Japanese Gardens. John trains nationally in design, boulder arrangement, Japanese garden principles applicable to any scale and environment, and the science of nature’s effect on well-being.

Diane Durston is the Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education at the Portland Japanese Garden, where she has helped expand the Garden’s reputation as a center of cultural learning and international exchange. Diane is known internationally for authoring three books and numerous essays and articles on Kyoto, where she lived for eighteen years.

Nick Esthus is Senior Gardener at the Fort Worth Japanese Garden. He attended the 2013 Japanese Garden Intensive Seminar in Kyoto and has assisted with previous NAJGA regional workshops. He holds a BS in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University.

Kristin Faurest worked and studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, among other institutions. She managed her own design firm for thirteen years and taught Master’s of landscape architecture candidates at the University of Applied Sciences in Nurtingen-Geislingen, Germany. She joined the Portland Japanese Garden in 2016.

Seiko Goto is a Professor at the School of Environmental Science, Nagasaki University, Japan, where her teaching covers Japanese gardens. She has also published extensively on the subject. She is an academic expert in Japanese garden history and the healing effects of its design.

Tim Gruner has worked and studied at Anderson Japanese Gardens since 1989 under the direction of Mr. Hoichi Kurisu, of Kurisu International. Tim has contributed articles to Sukiya Living Magazine and the NAJGA Journal, and is a past board member of NAJGA.

Michael Hagedorn apprenticed under bonsai master Shinji Suzuki of Japan from 2003-06. Formerly a potter, Michael is the Bonsai Consultant at the Portland Japanese Garden, authored the book Post-Dated: The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk, founded the Portland Bonsai Village, and blogs weekly at

Graham Hardman is Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Garden Society in the UK.  A freelance garden designer, with a special interest in Japanese gardens, he has won awards including a Gold Medal for a large Japanese-style garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Tatton Park Flower Show in 2013.

Adam Hart obtained a degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, and has since cared for numerous Japanese gardens including Maymont and the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Currently the Senior Gardener at the Portland Japanese Garden, he has been with the organization for ten years.

Daniel A. Hirshberg, PhD is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Mary Washington, where he serves as Director of the Contemplative Studies program and Associate Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies. He oversaw the successful installation of a Japanese garden on campus from 2015–18.

Katsuyuki Hyodo is Managing Director of the Association of Cultural Heritage Preservation in Hirosaki. A tree “Doctor” and landscape designer, he supervises the maintenance of Seibi-en Garden in Hirakawa. Seibi-en Garden is one of Oishi Bugaku-ryu gardens in Hirakawa city, next to Hirosaki.

Chris Kane founded Kane Brothers, Inc. with his brother, Frank, in 1994. KBI is a full-service design, build, and maintenance firm revered for its creation of unique garden environments. The firm is currently working on projects throughout the US and has recently taken on a project in Saudi Arabia.

Sergey Kalyuzhny is currently the Director of the Botanic Garden at Irkutsky State Academy of Agriculture. He is a biologist and researcher of cryptogamic botany. He has also been a lecturer of botany, ecology, and cryptogamic botany.

Luanne Kanzawa is Executive Director of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego. She holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and is currently President of NAJGA. She is also founding member of Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and on the board of California Association of Museums and Balboa Park Committee.

Miyuki Katahira, Associate Professor at Momoyama Gakuin University in Osaka, has a PhD  in Cultural Social Studies from the Graduate University of Advanced Studies in Kyoto. Her book, Nihon Teien-zo no Keisei (Constructing an Image of Japanese Gardens) was published in 2014.

Tomoki Kato is President of Ueyakato Landscape Co., Ltd. An eighth-generation member of a Japanese garden artisan family, he joined the family business after receiving a degree from the Faculty of Horticulture, Horticultural Economics and Technology of Chiba University. Under his leadership, Ueyakato has become one of Kyoto’s highly-recognized landscape companies.

Noriko Kawai, CEO of Noblesse Group, contributed to the renovation of the modern Japanese garden “Garden of Ueji.” Ms. Kawai is a member of: Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, Japanese Economic Association, and Japanese Society of ESD. She has authored works such as Real estate revitalization in “power of story.”

Robert Ketchell has spent his career creating gardens inspired by the Japanese tradition in the UK and beyond. He apprenticed under a master gardener in Kyoto, and has studied Japanese gardens for over thirty years. He leads tours in Japan, and has lectured widely on his passion.

Koichi Kobayashi is a Japanese American landscape architect, garden designer and urban designer whose experience ranges from designing intimate Japanese Gardens to developing community urban design globally. He is a graduate of the University of California, 1972, and Kyoto University, 1968

Toru Koishikawa is Manager of the Cultural Assets Division of the Hirosaki City Board of Education. He conducts research on Oishi Bugakuryu gardens for the purpose of preservation and maintenance of the City’s cultural assets.

Masayuki Komatsu is President and CEO of UNIMAT RIK, Inc. and E&G Academy. He is a First-Class Landscape Gardening Work Operation and Management Engineer (National Qualification), a consultant for Japan Exterior Construction Association, and Director of “Think about Garden”- Garden wo Kangaeru Kai.

Ken Lamb is Managing Director of Imperial Gardens Landscape Pty Ltd , Australia’s premier oriental garden design and construction company with thirty-six years experience building Japanese and Chinese gardens on a residential, commercial,  and government scale. He runs sumi-e  painting and pruning workshops from his nursery in Belrose, Sydney, called Hidden Orient.

Annelise Larsen, Chairman of the Japanese Garden Activity Group of Denmark, is a long-standing Danish expert on both Danish garden designs and Japanese tea ceremonies.

Mira (Mimi) Locher is an educator, writer, and practicing architect. She is the Chair of the School of Architecture at the University of Utah, a partner in Kajika Architecture, and the author of three books: Super Potato Design, Traditional Japanese Architecture, and Zen Gardens.

Naoko Makita, MLA, is a Senior Lecturer at the Laboratory of Garden Design Studies. She is on the faculty in the department of Environmental Horticulture at Minami Kyusyu University. She researches the history, design, management, maintenance, and role of contemporary public Japanese gardens in Japan, Australia, North America, and beyond.

Emmanuel Marès received his PhD  from Kyoto Institute of Technology in 2006. His main research field is Japanese garden history. As an editor, he published a series of 4 bilingual books (Japanese/English): The Great Masters of Gardens of Kyoto (Kyoto Tsushinsha Press).

Rev. Matsuyama has a Master’s degree from the University of Tokyo. He is deputy priest of Taizoin Temple and acclaimed for organizing intercultural activities. He is author of: Forget What’s Important First: 30 Zen Teachings for the Wavering Soul, Strolling around Zen Gardens in Kyoto, and Introduction of ZEN for workers.

Chelsea McCann, Managing Principal of Walker Macy, leads public open space projects noted for high public visitation, complex site development issues, and high design benchmarks. Her recent work includes the Cultural Crossing project at Portland Japanese Garden.

Kazuo Mitsuhashi specializes in the construction and maintenance of the Tea Garden and has published a number of books on Japanese gardens. He has been a board member of the Garden Society of Japan for sixteen years and was instrumental in organizing the First International Japanese Garden Symposium in Portland in 1996.

Yasunori Mori works at Hakuhodo Inc., an advertisement firm, where he has experience in public/press relations, conventions, and business/creative consultancy. He has published papers that connect the fine arts and business and is a member of Japan Marketing Academy, The Japan Sociological Society, and the Academic Society of Japanese Gardens.

Martin Mosko is principal teacher at Hakubai Zen Center and founder of Marpa Design Studio, a landscape design and construction company. His gardens have won numerous awards and been featured in various publications.

Alxe Noden, a writer, photographer, and filmmaker, has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 25 years. Her film, “The Garden of Infinite Compassion,” streams on Gaiam TV. Their books include Landscape As Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden and The Sound of Cherry Blossoms: Zen Lessons from the Garden for Contemplative Design.

Steven Pitsenbarger, gardener at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park since 2007, studies the garden’s rich history. He has spent many years performing as a musician, and is an avid runner who completed the Boston Marathon in 2015.

Danielle Pruett PE, CPESC is an Associate at KPFF.  With broad experience in parks, K-12, federal, and site master planning and design, she is skilled at learning site-specific codes and permitting requirements. She has worked on award-winning projects across the Western region.

Fredric Schneider, Yale BA, JD, visited Japan in 1972 on a martial arts exhibition team and fell in love with Kyoto’s gardens. A past Board member of the Japanese Art Society of America, he has written a book on Japanese cloisonné. Studying Meiji studios, he discovered how gardens were integral to Japanese art spaces.

Johanna Schorr, AIA, is Director of Architecture at MIG|Portico. Her admiration for Japanese landscapes flourished when she studied architecture in Japan as a Monbusho scholar. She was the design architect for Hakone Estate and Gardens and the Point Defiance Japanese Garden.

Jenny Seeman has an MS in Archives and Records Management from the University of Dundee, Scotland and over a decade working in archives. The Japanese gardens at Hatley Park inspired her research into the issei experience and their impact on gardens in Edwardian Victoria.

Dale Sievert holds a BS in agronomy and an MS in economics. He has taught college economics and operated a nursery/landscape firm. He began moss gardening in 2005 and now presents lectures, does garden consultations, and writes on moss for Sukiya Living.  His gardens have appeared in Country Gardens, Chicagoland Gardening, and The American Gardener.

Francheska Snyder is currently a gardener at the Portland Japanese Garden.  She previously served as Head Gardener at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia.  She has learned from Japanese garden professionals across the US and various regions in Japan.

Gwen Stauffer is the CEO of Ganna Walska Lotusland. She is a trained horticulturist and garden designer, and holds a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Delaware Valley College and MS in Public Garden Leadership. Her public horticulture career is focused on historic garden restoration, plant conservation and human/nature connections.

Christian Tagsold is interim Professor at the Department for Modern Japan, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. He has been researching Japanese gardens in Europe and the USA since 2006. His book, Spaces in Translation: Japanese Gardens and the West (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture) appeared in 2017.

Fumiaki Takano is a landscape architect and educator with over fifty years of experience in the US, Malaysia, France and China. He was President of IFLA Japan from 2011-15.

Edzard Teubert, is principal of Fuzei + Tree, Canada; a Japanese garden scholar specialist developing resilient management protocols for sustaining gardens. With a garden introduction by Tomomichi Sumi, VJGA founder, Edzard collaborates on Sumi’s last garden, the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre National Historic Site in New Denver, British Columbia Canada.

Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator at the Portland Japanese Garden, is from a family involved in gardening since the Meiji period. A registered landscape architect in Oregon and California, he has BS and MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois.

Luminita Vollmer is a passionate enthusiast of Japanese culture and art. Her education includes interpretation of Japanese garden elements, style, and application to everyday life. She has served at the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden and at Normandale Community College Japanese Garden. She has also built her own Japanese garden.

Ryuichi Wakisaka holds a BA in Agriculture from Tokyo University. A landscape architect for over twenty years, he is the Director for International Policy of Green Spaces Environment, Green Spaces and Landscape Division, City Bureau, MLIT. He currently restores Japanese gardens overseas.

Toshio Watanabe is Professor of Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage at the University of East Anglia and Emeritus Professor at the University of the Arts London. He completed his doctorate at the University of Basel and is founder of the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation at the University of Arts London.

Kate White is Head Gardener at Cowden Garden, a restored  early 20th century Japanese garden, opened to the public in 2018. Trained at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, she worked in historic and botanic gardens for eight years before taking her current post.

Desirae Wood, trained as both a Japanese and master gardener, holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University. As Project Manager at the Portland Japanese Garden, her recent work includes green infrastructure based on Japanese gardening aesthetics, the first Chabana Niwa in North America, and research on the habitat value of ecoroofs.

Takuhiro Yamada is President of Hanatoyo Landscape Co. Ltd. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of Hyogo and a PhD candidate at Kyoto University of Art and Design. He worked on the restoration of Katsura Imperial Villa and the Byodo-In Temple gardens. Recently, he has begun designing and restoring Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Eietsu Yokoyama established a landscape company in Yamagata in 1978 and has worked as a freelance garden craftsman since 2008. He was chosen to design Kakushou Temple’s garden in 2011, and oversees technical control at Temple’s earthquake memorial garden.