Lethal Beauty and Kumamoto En: Samurai and Gardens in Japanese Culture

Saturday, November 9, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Gallery Talks


Join us for SAMA’s first ever joint tour with the San Antonio Botanical Garden to celebrate the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. Begin with a docent-led gallery talk of the Japanese exhibition, follow with a picnic lunch in the gardens, and end with a tour by Landscape Architect Mike Pecen focusing on San Antonio’s Kumamoto En Japanese Garden.

The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of carefully selected volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. The garden occupies a small corner of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, on land blessed by a Shinto priest before and during construction. Upon entering the garden, you enter a place apart from the everyday world, a safe and peaceful haven where all anger, prejudice, and worldly problems are left at the gate.

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