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[IHJ Artists’ Forum] The Gravity of Desire: Space and Culture Under the Cherry Trees


  • Date: Friday, June 15, 2012, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Speaker: Ron Henderson
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)
  • Language: English and Japanese (with consecutive interpretation)
  • Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission

Landscape architect Ron Henderson, presently in Japan on the Japan-US Creative Artists Program, designs gardens and urban spaces. He has travelled the country to research the unique phenomena of the Japanese cherry blossoms, and interviewed scholars, garden designers and anthropologists. He also visited ancient trees and celebrated cherry blossom sites. This Artist’s Forum will introduce Ron’s research into the significance of cherry trees and sakura blossoms in Japanese design and culture. The forum will also include a small exhibition of his folding sketchbooks which he used to archive his travel throughout Japan this spring.