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The Japanese Pavilion

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The pavilion's sukiya style evokes a traditional Japanese home
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)

The Pavilion blends smoothly into the garden and, like its surroundings, reflects the artistic ideals of Japanese culture, or shibi: simple and refined beauty. Its sukiya style, a synthesis of classic and contemporary styles, recalls a traditional Japanese home.

The goal of the Pavilion is to celebrate Japanese culture and art. It was created under the direction of architect Hisato Hiraoka, and opened on June 22, 1989.

The Pavilion has a number of rooms, including the following:

The Toyota Exhibition Hall

The Toyota Exhibition Hall owes its name to Toyota Canada Inc, of which the head office is located in the city of Scarborough in Ontario. The creation and the achievement of the Tea Garden has been made possible by a generous contribution by Toyota Canada.

Truly versatile, Toyota Hall is used mostly for artistic and cultural exhibitions. The room houses works of art created by Japanese or Western artists, highlighting Japanese art techniques.

The Toyota room extends to the magnificent Japanese Garden with its breathtaking panorama, and overlooks the Zen Garden.

The Nomura Art Gallery

The Nomura Art Gallery houses the permanent collection of the Japanese Pavilion.

The Tea Room

Designed in traditional style and featuring the ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, the Tea Room, or ito-en, is truly the focal point of the pavilion.

The tatamis, shojis, calligraphic art and the floral arrangement displayed in the tokonoma create a peaceful atmosphere for the tea ceremony, a ritual which goes back several centuries.

Book collection

For those seeking to learn about this fascinating country, the Jardin botanique de Montréal’s book collection contains hundreds of titles on Japan’s history, culture, arts, gardens, bonsai and ikebana.

As part of the main catalogue of the Jardin botanique’s library, these books reach beyond the confines of botanical and horticultural studies to explore topics as varied as lacquer, pottery and sumo wrestling.

In English, French and Japanese, these albums, encyclopedias, travel guides and novels will captivate Japanophiles and students of Japanese culture as much as those with a casual interest in the country and lovers of beautiful books.

The majority of the books in the collection can be found at the Jardin botanique’s library, where visitors can consult them on-site without a reservation, during the library’s opening hours.

Each summer, a selection of books is also available for consultation at the Japanese Pavilion, which includes a reading room for reflection and relaxation.

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