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Editor’s Message from NAJGA Journal #3 by K.T. Cannon Eger.
The Second World War had begun, and Japan was experiencing material shortages of just about everything, including food. But as children we
had no awareness of these things. We grew up playing in nature. We had no commercially manufactured toys. Instead, we explored the surrounding forests and valleys.
This essay focuses on the complex, cross-cultural origin of sukiya architecture as well as how—and why—it manifests a harmonious unity between architecture, gardens and nature.
Our first issue of the NAJGA Journal, published in 2013, concentrated on “Connections,” drawing on the theme of the inaugural NAJGA conference hosted by the Denver Botanic Garden in October of 2012. During the intervening time, NAJGA has solidified its connections to academic and garden professional societies in Japan and the United Kingdom, made more connections through a series of regional workshops and events, and worked to connect its growing membership with resources and information conveyed through its newsletters, website, and social media.
Japanese gardens outside of Japan number more than 450, of which approximately 300 are in North America. Of that substantial number, fewer than 20 have reached the centennial mark.
Every historic garden should have a book like this, a publication that brings together the physical and archival evidence about a designed landscape in a readable and engaging form.
Maymont, a 100-acre estate in Richmond, Virginia, celebrated the centennial anniversary of its Japanese Garden in 2012 with a year-long series of programs and events. The highlight was the grand “Japanese Garden 100th Anniversary Celebration” on September 21.