To conclude today’s lesson, five insights into Japanese arts and crafts and their practitioners:

  • A diversity of forms, ranging from landscapes created according to the strict directives of ancient garden manuals to modern, iconoclastic designs, is reflected in the Japanese garden, writes Stephen Mansfield. But is there a unifying thread?
  • Martin Holman knew early on that he had a passion for puppets. That passion would lead him to become the first foreigner to train and perform in Japan as a traditional puppeteer in the style known as ningyō jōruri, writes Louise George Kittaka.
The kanji for 'sake' (alcohol) as written by Marc Davies
The kanji for sake (alcohol) as written by Marc Davies (who is known to enjoy the odd tipple himself)