The Tiniest Garden – A Mini Comic in the Making

There are many ways to tell a story. I've been working on the story of my 90 days in Kyoto on and off for the last few years, stalling and starting again and again. Maybe there is a different way to get my experience across? In my time in Japan I discovered manga as a … Continue reading The Tiniest Garden – A Mini Comic in the Making

Dedication, Obession – what I learnt from SOMM

I spent the last weekend in Napa Valley, probably America's most famous wine region. We met some wine enthusiasts, and they mentioned the documentary SOMM. It is about a group of four professional sommeliers who prepare for "the hardest test you've never heard of" to earn the Master Sommelier diploma, the highest ranking certificate a wine … Continue reading Dedication, Obession – what I learnt from SOMM

Wax-on, Wax-off. Repeat until proficient in garden maintenance and/or Karate

Getting in the right mind set with Karate Kid. I watched this classic for the first time. My advice: Skip the first 15 minutes (Kid gets beaten up 3 times) and watch from where the fun begins. Wax-on, Wax-off. Repeat until proficient in garden maintenance and/or Karate. Mr. Miyagi is surprisingly funny. And I although I hear … Continue reading Wax-on, Wax-off. Repeat until proficient in garden maintenance and/or Karate

Book review – A Guide to The Gardens of Kyoto

A Japanese garden guide by Marc Treib and Ron Herman Must-Have-Level: 6/7, I wouldn't want to miss it on my desk or when out exploring. Audience: First-time visitors to Kyoto (if they love gardens and explore on their own), students of Japanese garden culture and seasoned Japanese garden veterans. Character: "Serious Japanese garden book" – no dreamy … Continue reading Book review – A Guide to The Gardens of Kyoto

Sandboxing with polymeric sand

Polymeric sand - the setup

So I ordered this table top sand box – in order to better understand the spatial dimensions of Japanese gardens. I do not want to copy single Japanese garden in minute detail, but rather understand how the proportions and dimensions of the design work. I also use them to better understand the levels of an … Continue reading Sandboxing with polymeric sand