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a visit to the house of Kawai Kanjiro was truly inspirational -not only for seeing the artworks of the folk potter himself but really for the chance to enjoy the garden that has been created around the house .

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a very unassuming door sign belies the treasures found within.Typically first appearances were deceptive.. a very closed black entrance way …

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and what was behind the door ? Рa magical almost musical box of a house clearly crafted with storage,space  and light in mind.

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from one moment we moved from soaring ceilings to another more intimate series of small collections of text and images .

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simple crafted furniture pieces set like sculptures

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with an economical use of materials and a wonderful resonating patina of age and use

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and then the views through the windows and out into the garden

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from pots , to giant kilns, to artfully organised plants and sculptural pieces

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A lucky cat with some money on his head – a winner !

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and then there was a ghostly gheisha caught through a shoji screen portal !

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a great calmness came upon us as we wandered around this perfectly crafted space

 

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plants carefully chosen seemed to have a particular vibrancy and vigour in this protected space and those plants who arrive by chance also eagerly exploit the situation to their own ends !

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p1000797Pathways , bridges and ways of walking to places are particularly significant in Japan.so it seemed only right that I should talk a bit about these .

In the gardens we visited ,the pathways (often out of bounds it has to be said ) tantalisingly led away up hillsides and out of view .But the construction was so beautiful, exact and precise with just the right sized stones and composition fitting together perfectly.

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larger stones formed the main path way with all the smaller stones fitting in around it to make the perfect route directing your eye down the slope. And then when you intersperse with plants and water the pathways become that much more beautiful.

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there is a sparseness and an equanimity of detail that also appeals to me .

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simple stepping stones also take on a rare beauty of their own.

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but the mystery of a pathway that leads away into  plants is ever tantalising to me and is maybe what makes our Sussex Prairies so enveloping and welcoming !

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and who also doesn’t love a lush planted pathway inviting you into a house ?

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