Creation of the Japanese Garden as a new tool for university cooperation in the heart of Asia

Victor KUZEVANOV11, Hajime MATSUSHIMA2, Takuhiro YAMADA3 & Svetlana SIZYKH1
1 Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk, Russia
2 Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
3 Hanatoyo Landscape Co., Ltd., Kyoto, Japan

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the potential of mutually beneficial cooperation of Botanic Gardens in East Asia to strengthen their role and influence in urban areas through the implementation of international botanical, environmental and social projects. The article describes a history and challenges of creating of an authentic Japanese Garden in the Russian Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk, Eastern Siberia, established by Japanese and Russian professors, gardeners and university students in the heart of Asia. The ethnobotanical Japanese Garden is a unique facility for interdisciplinary research and academic cooperation in field of botany, horticulture, ethnography, psychology, medicine, geography, linguistics, ecology and nature management, landscape design and architecture, public education, biodiversity conservation, nature protection, etc. It is shown that offsprings of the Japanese A-bomb trees (Green Legacy Hiroshima trees) that survived the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima can be a good supplement to the display of the Japanese garden and can be a powerful peace message to the local population and the world. Perspectives of other national type of traditional oriental gardens (Chinese, Korean, etc.) as crossdisciplinary tools for various departments and specialties of higher professional education at the universities in Siberia are discussed.

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