Saturday October 17 to Sunday October 25: From 10am to 5pm
"The winter chrysanthemum, wrapped only in the mantle of its own shine."
The annual highlight of autumn in the Japanese Garden is the Chrysanthemum Festival - Kiku Matsuri. During this festival, the chrysanthemum is the guiding principle through which visitors find their way through the Japanese Garden. From 17 to 25 October, a walk through the Garden will enchant you even more.
For the 2020 edition called "Haiku in Bloom", we call on letter hairdresser Jos Geusens and artist Tom De Houwer of Tom Bloom.
Letter cutter Jos Geusens, fascinated by the written word from childhood, as a Germanist was given the opportunity to penetrate further into the fabric of the language. He creates letters that match a text and the structure of a stone. The arrangement of the letters, the cutting itself, the confrontation with the material, the stone that is unruly or hard and has its own sound, the play of light and shadow, texts literally and figuratively take on a different dimension.
A haiku is originally a Japanese form of poetry. It is a short, non-rhyming poem of which the first line has 5 syllables, the second 7 and the third line. The basis of a haiku is the poet's sensory experience, sometimes linked to and inspired by Zen. Ten Haiku have been chosen for "Haiku in Bloom".
Tom De Houwer has been chosen as creative coordinator and mentor. His international students will provide some beautiful designs for the works of stone hairdresser Jos Geusens.
As the Buddhist proverb says, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears, and when the teacher is ready, the students appear." In 2018, the Japanese Garden was Tom's teacher, today Tom is the teacher and mentor for his international team of passionate students. They are ready.
As the haiku has its rules, Tom De Houwer also has its rule: “Less is More”, this is also the common denominator of the “Zen” component, guaranteeing unity and harmony, just like the Japanese Garden.
Regine Motmans (Bloom Up) and Els Claes (Ikebana) will take care of the further decoration of the Japanese Garden.