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The Japanese Garden

Picture by Chie Iida

Program description

Japanese gardens are fascinating expressions of landscape art. Their beauty speaks to everyone. What is behind this beauty? Why do the gardens of Japan speak to us so strongly?” – Wybe Kuitert

Seminar leader Pat Burleson led a day-long program at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Participants looked into Japan’s basic geography, climate and seasons, Japanese aesthetic values, and types, elements and symbolism of Japanese gardens.

Each content section of the presentation included background information, relevant vocabulary, lesson plan outline, and connections to WA State Learning Standards. Participants were introduced to the first in a series of Learning Materials designed to be used in the classroom prior to a class field trip to the garden, where they worked in small groups and applied their learning to what they saw. Volunteer, trained guides led each small group.

This program was designed for current teachers of grades 5 – 8. Teachers of grades 4 and 9 were welcome to apply as well, but lesson plans and materials provided in the seminar might not apply to their specific grade.

This seminar was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Program Details

Date: October 19, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Place: Tateuchi Community Meeting Room, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle WA 98112 (parking is free)


  • A copy of book Japanese Garden Design by Marc Peter Keane
  • Resource packet
  • Six free Washington State OSPI clock hours
  • Lunch provided
  • Free parking at all locations

Seminar Leader

Pat Burleson


Registration for this program is currently closed. If you have any questions, please contact the East Asia Resource Center (206 543 1921 or

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