Workshop The Art of Japan in London, Chelmsford and Cambridge
            Grant for the project provided by The Japan Foundation.
We introduce you the art ofJapanese painting and writing
using fude(brush) on Washi(Japanese traditional handmade paper).

Workshop for British Haiku Society in London
Participants drew their own haiku using fudegraphy.
Workshop for
Whittle College
in Chelmsford
Participants not only drew their own signatures(names) by Fudegraphy, but also scribed the poetry
"Ame nimo makezu" by Kenji Miyazawa
in Japanese to encourage victims of the Great Earthquake.
Moreover the participants recorded
a CD wth everybody rreciting the poetry in Japanese.
The poetry on the Bangasa umbrella and the CD will be delivered to Kenji Museum.
Workshop for Rowan House
(working with artists and students)
and St.Johns School
in Cambridge
21st June 2011
Workshop for St Barnarbas Press
22nd June 2011
The members of the British Haiku Society and the people in Cambridge drew the poetry "Ame nimo makezu" by Kenji Miyazawa in English on the bangasa umbrella using brush(fude) to encourage earthquake victims.
The Workshop creatively and sucessfully engaged all participants with an appreciation and understanding of Japanese culture. The range of activities and excellent delivery allowed all students and staff to engage with a range of intellectual, emotional and practical ways to develop this understanding.
All those involved thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and learned much about Japanese culture. I feel this was due to the participatory approach to learning, through making and doing. Also the tutors were incredibly accommodating of the students and were able to respond to the group in a positive way
As lecturer in Landscape and Garden Design I can see the many possibilities and benefits of developing further projects and exchange programmes between the UK and Japan. Developing an appreciation of another culture’s ways of being can reveal not only our differences but our commonalities and engaging with the arts can be a powerful tool for do this. I would particularly value programmes that considered the cross cultural ideas of landscape and narrative, contemporary arts and the garden, and art as a means to consider sustainability and social aspects to spatial design. That said I would also welcome more classes on exploring artistic practices that reveal Japanese peoples relationship to nature and culture.
I would welcome the opportunity to work together on future projects as this day of activoties was such a success.
Steve Terry
Senior Lecturer and Design Course Manager for:
Landscape Architecture
Landscape and Garden Design
Co-Manager of:
Centre for the Arts and Design in the Environment