Explore Japan through the theme of tea, the foundation of much tradtional culture. Visit hidden pottery villages and elegant Kyoto experiencing the architecture, gardens, ceramics, ritual and horticulture of tea.
- Mashiko Ceramics Fair
- Hitachi Nemophila Park
- Mt. Fuji tea farm
- Kyoto ceramics precinct and tea gardens
- Mountains hot springs
- Kyushu hidden pottery villages
- Kumamoto castle
About your Leader: Relle Mott
Relle Mott has been associated with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for many years as a member of the Education team, the Volunteer Guides group, and the Foundation & Friends. Relle has led tours for the Friends to Japan, Uzbekistan and China sharing her love of plants, new cultures and destinations with like-minded travellers since 2013.
Relle dallied with architecture at university, studied in Japan, became a teacher, then entered the wonderful world of horticulture. Growing up in hot, dry Western Queensland, the lush coastal gardens of relatives imbued in Relle a love of tropical plants.
As a keen walker, Relle normally leads small groups on pilgrimage trails through the mountains of Japan several times a year. When at home she is a gardener, potter and sailor with a special interest in Japanese ceramics and the plant hunters of Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Monday 6 - Sunday 19 May 2024