Peter Grilli: The Silence of the Sengu

Every twenty years, the Imperial Grand Shrines at Ise are completely destroyed and rebuilt in a process known as the “Shikinen Sengu” that symbolizes renewal and rebirth—a central theme that runs throughout Japanese culture and relates to the cycle of life in the Garden itself. Shrouded in mythology, this practice extends back in time to the eighth century, a process that has resulted in the preservation of ancient Japanese architectural and ritual forms until the present day.

The Garden is honored to host a lecture on this fascinating subject by Peter Grilli, President of the Japan Society of Boston from 2000 to 2013, one of the world’s leading experts on Japan, with particular focus on cultural affairs, film, performing arts, education, media and inter-cultural communications. With a B.A and M.A. from Harvard University, Mr. Grilli is the author of a number of important books and an excellent film about Japanese gardens titled Dream Windows.

This special lecture is presented in collaboration with Tomodachi Kai and Consul General Furusawa, and launches a year of programming on the theme of renewal as the Garden begins its next 50 years.

Pavilion Gallery
$10 members / $15 non-members
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