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6 - 19 MAY

Ceramics & Tea Culture of Japan

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






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