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15-22 November 2010, Tokyo, International Sectoral Forum for Landscape Design in Japan Ц 2010

International Sectoral Forum for Landscape Design in Japan – 2010, 15-22 November 2010

In the period from 15 to 22 November 2010 Japan became the place for International Sectoral Forum for Landscape Design, that united specialists in the sphere of landscape gardening and beautification. The Russian delegation was headed by Director of the Main Russian Botanical Gardens – Tsysin Botanical Garden Mr. Alexander Demidov. The Main Russian Botanical Gardens is the only place in Russia where landscape composition “Japanese garden” is presented. This landscape composition was designed by the famous Japanese architect Ken Nakajima.

During their trip to Japan the Russian delegates participated in the Round table devoted to new technologies in landscape gardening, conducted business meeting with heads of the two biggest Tokyo gardens, visited parks and other landscape objects.

First professional visit of the Russian delegation in Tokyo was the visit to Koishikawa Botanical Gardens which is one of the best traditional landscape gardens in Japan.

Director of Koishikawa Botanical Gardens welcomed the Russian delegates, showed to them the main sectors of the garden and presented the unique plants growing in the garden. Director of the garden showed to the delegates greenhouses for cultivation of plants that are close to extinction, explained to them temperature conditions, care of soil and other niceties of keeping rare plants. Delegates showed high degree of interest in Japanese technologies of landscape construction, they posed questions about management of the garden and its human resources, keeping plants, financing projects. Exhaustive explanations were given to all questions and both sides were satisfied by the meeting.

Russian delegates had a chance to compare different types of Japanese gardens when they visited one more park of Tokyo – Hamarikyu Garden. It is the former residence of imperial family. The garden is famous for its pond with imperial carps and for other basins with circulating sea water. It is also famed for its flowers and 300-year old pines.

Russian delegates visited Hamarikyu Garden accompanied by senior managers of Japan Landscape Constructors Association. Director of the garden welcomed the delegates, showed them the territory of the garden, the pond with imperial carps and famous 300-year old pines, the New Year decorations, he also told the delegates about the technologies of covering trees with straw in order to frighten off insects. The delegates had an opportunity to communicate with the staff of the garden and ask questions about keeping plants and organizing their work.

One of the main peculiarities of Hamarikyu Garden is its famous tea pavilion. Specially for Russian delegates the tea ceremony was prepared. Tea drinking was accompanied by stories about history and procedure of tea ceremony, exchange of opinions and discussion of possible application of Japanese technologies in Russia. Director of Hamarikyu Garden and representatives of the Japan Landscape Constructors Association expressed high interest in exchanging information and technologies with Russian specialists and readiness to fruitful collaboration in the future.

Deep and all-round exchange of information between Japanese representatives and Russian delegates took place in the Japan-Russia Landscape Construction Round Table. In the Round table participated more than 20 representatives from both Japanese and Russian sides, who covered most topical questions of today’s landscape gardening sector and discussed possible collaboration between Russian and Japanese institutions.

After the end of the sectoral conference Russian delegates had an opportunity to take part in Japan-Russia Construction Conference that was held in the next conference hall of the hotel. In the conference participated 73 Russian delegates from the leading regions of the country as well as 46 representatives from 32 Japanese companies, including Kajima Corporation, Mitsui & Co., PanaHome, Komatsu Ltd., Daikin Industries, Shin Takamatsu Architect and Associates Co., Kito Corporation, Japan Construction Materials and Housing Equipment Industries Federation (J-CHIF), Japan Testing Center for Construction Materials, Vero Powers, Sanyo Industries, Atis Co., Nichina Corporation, Construction Material Japan INC, Max Trading, NPO Russian Business Council in Japan, Russian club in Tokyo and others. At the Japan-Russia Construction Conference representatives of Russian landscape organizations got acquainted with companies that apply innovative methods of soil processing and also conducting other works related to landscape construction.

A group of specialists conducted a business meeting in Tokyo Metropolitan Government with representatives of the department responsible for construction and beautification. From the Russian part in the meeting participated Mayor of Volgodonsk city Viktor Firsov, Head of Stariy Oskol city administration Pavel Shishkin, Deputy Chairman of the Belgorod Oblast regional government Nikolay Kalashnikov, Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences establishment “Tsytsin Main Botanical Gardens” Aleksander Demidov, Academic secretary of the Russian Academy of Sciences establishment “Avronin Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens” Oksana Gontar, Head of the Architecture and Urban Development Department of Belgorod Oblast region Vitaliy Pertsev, Chancellor of Shukhov Belgorod State Technological University Sergey Glagolev.

Deputy Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Department of Construction Mr. Kageyama  Takeo and Head of the Parks and Landscape Division of the Department of Construction Sugiyama  Tosikazu welcomed the Russian delegation, explained to them the areas of activity of the department and presented the staff of the department. After that the guests were invited to the conference-hall where representatives of the department presented to the Russian delegates the procedure of organizing beautification works, construction of greenery and Tokyo city recreation zones. Russian specialists posed questions about the management of city beautification and organization of the work of the department. At the end of the meeting Deputy Chairman of the Belgorod Oblast regional government Nikolay Kalashnikov on behalf of Belgorod Oblast region presented souvenirs from Russia to the Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government department of construction and beautification. As a result of the meeting both sides came to an agreement and understanding of the necessity of further development of fruitful collaboration in the sphere of beautification and landscape gardening.

After the end of the rich business program on Saturday it was time to have a rest from noisy Tokyo surrounded by a wonderful nature of the Japanese national park Fuji-Hakone. This national park with an area of 1227 square meters was founded in 1936. It is famous for its splendid mountain Fuji, deep lakes, thermal springs, volcanic islands with tropical vegetation. Mount Fuji for Japanese people is the symbol of their country. Mount Fuji is often called “Fuji-san”, where the "-san" suffix bares the inflection of loftiness, respect, singularity and exceptionality.

In the southeast of Fuji is situated the forest volcanic region Hakone which is famous for its “onsen” health resorts with hot springs. In the past the onsens were designed for monks, courtiers, samurais and ordinary travelers, who visited resorts in order to bathe in their hot medicinal waters. In Hakone there are onsens of different types: big bathing complexes (Yunessun), onsens near hotels and private bathhouses.  

During the trip to Hakone the Russian delegates visited Yunessun complex, that consisted of three parts: “Dream land”- hot and cold baths terraced on the slope of a mountain, “Yunessun” – baths with swimming pools, Turkish baths, hydrosulfuric baths and complex of water slides, Japanese baths “Furo”.

Whole day spent in the clean air, far from the vanity of Tokyo business center, let the Russian delegates to build up their strength and filled them with new impressions and energy for further fruitful work.

Among the main results of the International Sectoral Forum for Landscape Design in Japan – 2010 we would like to stress the following:

  • Catalogues of the Russian participants of the Forum and their advertising materials are  distributed among more than 50 Japanese companies – visitors of the Japan-Russian Landscape Construction Conference, Japan-Russia Construction Conference, exhibition Japan Home and Building Show;
  • Contacts of the highest management level of Japan Landscape Constructors Association and the leading Japanese industry associations interested in collaboration with Russia are received;
  • During the Forum more than 20 double-sided negotiations between Russian and Japanese organizations were conducted and several mutual projects were launched;
  • Requests from Russian and Japanese participants of the Forum for proceeding with negotiations in the year 2011 are received.