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2019 Blog Posts


Seijun Nishihata and the Sora Botanical Garden Project

12th December 2019 : Last year we visited Seijun Nishihata at the his Sora headquarters in Osaka. Seijun calls himself a plant hunter, but he also styles events on an extraordinary scale, and is a complete all-round dude. You can see our short film here - rather a basic film, with, unusually, Jake's questions… Read More

Niwaki meets Sora

Behind the scenes: the Niwaki Forged Trowel

9th November 2019 : Our recent trip to Japan was, as always, hard work  (yes, the rugby was on, no we didn't see any games, but yes, we caught a few in bars, and yes the Japanese are great fans, no they don't really understand rugby, but no that doesn't seem to matter) visiting makers, shows, gardens and even one or… Read More

The Niwaki Forged Trowel

Black Shed Flowers

27th August 2019 : I'm slightly making this up, filling in gaps as I go, so bear with me. A conversation with Paul leaves little room for note taking, as he bounds around from one subject to another, giving the impression that he could, and probably would if he was held down long enough - talk on that individual… Read More

Black Shed Flowers

Revisiting RHS Chelsea 2019

4th August 2019 : Such is the way with flower shows, and the early summer show season in general - that they all come at once, everyone runs around at full speed, like mad, until they burn out, or make it through to something resembling a 'quiet' spell. No time is given to reflect, and enjoy, what just happened… Read More

Niwaki 2019


30th April 2019 : I'm sure you've all heard, Crown Prince Naruhito will become the Emperor of Japan on 1st May, and his era will be the Reiwa era. Emperor Akihito abdicates on 30th April, aged eighty five. His era, the Heisei era began in 1989. He's generally considered a good egg, and always looks wonderful along… Read More

Emperor Akihito, 1990 (BBC)

Kiyosumi Garden

28th February 2019 : Tokyo never really jumps out as a must-visit for garden lovers - I've always treated it as a means to an end, a half way house en-route to Kyoto, and because of that, had never visited Kiyosumi Garden before. A warm February Sunday changed all that, and what was planned as a quick visit turned… Read More

Kiyosumi Garden

Piece Hostel Sanjo

1st February 2019 : Last year we dropped in on the Piece Hostel Sanjo in Kyoto, a youth hostel I'd heard about and had wanted to visit for a while, mostly because of its garden. If you need a budget place to stay in Kyoto, it looks great inside, and they're building a new one opposite as well. I love this… Read More

Piece Hostel Sanjo

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