Issues in Conceptualizing Japanese Garden Art

The Art and Politics in East Asia Workshop


Issues in Conceptualizing Japanese Garden Art

Camelia Nakagawara

Ph. D Candidate

Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

With a response offered by

Brian Bergstrom, Ph.D student, EALC

Friday, March 6
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Judd 313

There is no paper for this workshop.


For many centuries, “Japanese gardens” have been both a source of fascination and an object of mystification for Japanese and non-Japanese alike. Partly by overemphasizing certain themes or aspects, partly by overlooking others, images of Japanese gardens can alter our perception of their materiality. How are gardens transformed by their representations in the media? What is lost in those representations and what is created as a result? How are gardens drawn in a dialogue with political agendas, and what are the factors or features that make such a dialogue lucrative? This presentation will provide some examples that attempt to address such questions and initiate a critical approach departing from current literature on Japanese gardens.

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