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2018 Blog Posts

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Kyoto

3rd November 2018 : A lot is written about Kyoto, and almost every visitor to Japan goes there, but stay beyond the obligatory week or so,  and the city opens up. For starters, Kyoto is a city, but it's also a Prefecture - you can refer to Kyoto, its culture, style and traditions, and be hours from the the city… Read More

Pines

Downtime in Tokyo

12th October 2018 : We dropped in on Yoyogi village over the weekend to have a nose around - it's a cool little shopping/cafe/garden place  tucked away in Yoyogi, not far from Meiji Shrine. The planting was amazing, and, as it's October already, there was a halloween theme going on, along with these crazy Solanum fox… Read More

Downtime in Tokyo

Pottering around nurseries

23rd August 2018 : I love pottering around nurseries in Japan - they're often on roadsides and no one seems to mind you nosing around. They pop up all over Japan, but rural Osaka seems to have more than its fair share! Read More

Podocarpus macrophyllus

Lunch in Karuizawa

12th August 2018 : I first heard about Karuizawa as an English teacher living in Saitama, twenty years ago. It was the place to go to escape the summer heat in Tokyo - cool in both senses of the word, beloved by the rich and famous. Needless to say I never went. Until this year. It was indeed lovely, the mountain… Read More

Lunch at RK Garden in Karuizawa

Up Mt Kongo

10th August 2018 : Ok, so it's not quite Fuji san, but Kongo san is our local highest peak when we're in Japan, and amazingly we'd never been up before - until a few weeks ago. We took a cable car most of the way up, and we're not even sure if we reached the top or not, but it was a hoot. On the way home we dropped… Read More

a little hamlet on the way up

The Niwaki Stand at Chelsea Flower Show

30th May 2018 : We just about made it home in one piece from a gruelling week at the Chelsea Flower Show - the weather was good, the visitors were great, and our stand looked amazing, thanks to the hard work everyone put into the designing, planting and building. See you again next year! Read More

The Niwaki Stand at Chelsea Flower Show

Build Up to the Chelsea Flower Show

16th May 2018 : The Niwaki stand is underway! The garden this year is designed and planted by Tsuyako Asada (see her on Instagram as @gardenalice) and Takuya Asada (@asataku_gardener) with Jake’s homegrown Cryptomeria japonica Dai Sugi from his own garden. Come and say hello next week, at stand PW 245 Read More

Build Up to the Chelsea Flower Show

Bye-bye Ascot Spring Garden Show

16th April 2018 : Summer came early on Saturday and the whole weekend was a great time for our classic Toyota's first outing in its new role as the Niwaki mobile trade stand. Read More

Bye-bye Ascot Spring Garden Show

Short Film Screenings 8th May at Chelsea Physic Garden

23rd April 2018 : On Tuesday 8th May at 6.30pm, Chelsea Physic Garden will be hosting a screening of our 3 short films; “The Niwaki Story”  “Pine Pruning at Jizo Temple”  and “Hand forged in Hyogo ”. In October 2017 Jake Hobson and the Niwaki team headed out to Japan, to capture some of the elements that have… Read More

Short Film Screenings 8th May at Chelsea Physic Garden

Niwaki Open House Spring Ladder Event and Short Film Screenings Fri 20th and Sat 21st April

10th April 2018 : Kick off the gardening year with a visit to the Niwaki Showroom for our Spring Ladder Event. Our safe, stable and incredibly lightweight tripod ladders come in a range of sizes…available to ‘try before you buy’ with great prices on ladders collected on the day, free gifts… and a limited number of… Read More

Niwaki Open House Spring Ladder Event and Short Film Screenings Fri 20th and Sat 21st April

Top Drawer

18th January 2018 : Earlier this week we were over at Top Drawer, adding some greenery and excitement to Kensington Olympia. Read More

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