Xueying Gan is a currently studying towards a Bachelor of Landscape Architecure at Unitec. She attended the Japan Drawing Study tour in September 2018 where she produced the drawings included in this image essay.
TOUR OBJECTIVE: Observe and record 6 urban strolls/encounters/errands/street observations by using drawing, note taking, and cameras/phones during the visit to Japan. Observe Japanese culture to better understand how space performs for different functionality and also how it affects social activities.
OBSERVATION SITE: Roan-ji
Pictured left: The branch of a pine tree reaches out to meet the path – the branch has been carefully protected and supported and takes up quite a lot of path space. The support material blends into the environment both in colour and structure.
Pictured left: The Rock Garden consists of only fifteen rocks, white gravel and moss. The garden is surrounded by walls but space tends to open up to allow outer elements in. Trees outside the rock garden wall are considered to be the borrowed landscape for the scene. Compared to western gardens, rock gardens use less variety of materials and are not plant dominated.
OBSERVATION SITE: Miho Museum
Pictured left: the view from the end of the tunnel to the main building. After walking through the tunnel it is as if you are entering another world, which presents the scene of the ancient Chinese story: “The Peach blossom spring” where a man accidentally enters a utopia village through a hidden grotto. From the story, people in this utopia village lead an ideal existence in harmony with nature, which is the main idea of the design. Using the tunnel to separate the “daily” space and “utopia” space, provides time for visitors to “be secluded from the real world”.
Pictured below: The view outside the museum looking from the northern hallway.