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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 - 7.30 p.m.

The land mass of Japan is two-thirds forests. It has experienced massive deforestation in the early 1600s (the time of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and the inspiration for the novel by James Clavell) and also reverential preservation of sacred forests in remote mountains and urban centres. This presentation will look at forests in industry, art, myth, religion, urban planning, international trade, and the traditions of spring cherry-blossom and autumn maple-leaf viewing that usually include copious amounts of sake.

Martha has worked/ studied/hiked the forests of Japan and she is an academic member of International House in Tokyo, the site of an historical garden that has been restored to its original 16th century style and which served as the venue for the formal introduction of the current reigning Emperor and Empress.