About Me

Autumn day in Funda-in

A sunny autumn day at Funda-in (芬陀院)

I am Jenny Feuerpeil, and I have spent the last 3 years working in and studying Japanese gardens.

From Spring 2014 on, I will work for 90 days as an apprentice in the gardens of Kyoto. This blog will cover my journey behind the scenes of Japanese gardens.

What happened so far:

After quitting my job at a global IT company to study garden design in London, UK and found my own garden design label Dendron Exterior Design, I developed an interest in Japanese gardens and design.

In April 2010 I embarked on an apprenticeship program and worked in a Japanese garden maintenance company in Saitama near Tokyo for 11 months. In 2012, when I was looking for a job as a garden designer in Tokyo, I unexpectedly stumbled upon my dream job. Together with the Tokyo-based Japanese garden designer Keizo Hayano we built Real Japanese Gardens, a website that introduces more than 90 Japanese gardens in Tokyo, Kyoto and Kamakura to Japan visitors and residents.

In November 2012 and May 2013, I gave two super-short PechaKucha presentations about:

  1. what one can learn from Japanese gardens
  2. what I had learnt as a designer from Japanese gardens

I currently live in San Francisco and am on a continuous quest for authentic Japanese food in the bay area – If you happen to know a good place, let me know in the comments below.

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