Huntington U - East Asian Gardens: China, Japan, Korea—and California?
Phillip Bloom, Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington and Curator of the Chinese Garden, leads a six-week course that takes a broad view of the history of East Asian garden-making from the 2nd century BCE to the present. What kinds of gardens have existed in China, Japan, and Korea, and what sorts of functions have they fulfilled? How have they engaged with broader visions of the cosmos, and what happens to such gardens when they are transplanted into new cultural contexts? Classroom discussions will investigate hunting parks constructed as microcosms of empires, holey rocks that inspired dream-journeys to immortal realms, Buddhist paradises accessible in this-worldly estates, and textual fantasies of gardens of the mind. Concluding with the Huntington's own Chinese and Japanese Gardens, students will consider how such themes have been translated into an American context. Designed for lifelong learners, the Huntington U Fall Seminar Series offers students a chance to immerse themselves in college-level courses taught by experts, but there are no papers to write, no final test, and no prerequisites.