Previous Work

Previous Work

Previous projects and events that Angela has been involved with.

Building Japanese Gardens

Visit by Professor Fukuhara during August and September 2013. Different Topics all very interesting and challenging.

Lecture for Japan Society Southern Counties in August 2013Petersfield for Japan Society Southern Counties (

For this lecture the Professor was asked to talk about his favourite garden(s), so he talked about Saihō-ji (Moss Temple) in Kyōto which inspired him for his favourite style (dry stone garden). He talked about his recently completed garden in London and how he had chosen the rocks. He talked about redesigning the rock garden at RHS Wisley, as well as the gold winning and best in show garden at Chelsea 2001.

Lecture for Japan Society North West in August 2013Willowbrook Hospice, Prescot, Merseyside for Japan Garden Society North West (

For this lecture the Professor was asked to talk about contemporary gardens in Japan and so he talked about his recent creations both in Europe and Japan, showing how he linked old and new.

International Garden Festival Japanese GardenJapanese garden at the former IGF Festival site.

The maintenance of this garden is in the hands of The Conservation Volunteers, ( who wanted to learn more about how to look after a Japanese garden. A short workshop explaining what needs to be done in the garden.

Japanese Garden in Calderstones Park, LiverpoolJapanese Garden in Calderstones Park, Liverpool.

The Japanese garden in Calderstones Park was built in 1969 as a Liverpool City apprenticeship project, from a rough sketch by the then Head Gardener Mr. Harry Buckley whose great interest in Japanese gardens provided the idea. It is built incorporating two styles, a ‘Pond and Spring’ and ‘Stroll Around‘.

Angela became involved when she was Chairman of JSNW and thought it would be a good venue for a workshop on Japanese gardens a few years ago. After several workshops, coordinated by Angela, sometimes with the input of the Japan Garden Society North West the garden has much more of a Japanese feel to it thanks to the work of Jon and his team who look after it. Professor Fukuhara visits every year and holds a small workshop where problems are discussed and the technicalities of the maintenance are worked out. Angela coordinates and interprets for this. Like all the Japanese garden workshops it is highly specialised.

Japan Garden Society Scotand, Bridge of AllanBuilding a Japanese Garden Workshop for Japan Garden Society Scotland held in Bridge of Allan (

A lot of preparatory work was involved with this, including a visit earlier in the year to discuss requirements. Although the workshop itself was for one day 2 days of preparation were necessary. This involved coordination as well as interpreting and translating.

Interpreting at HellermannTyton

Interpreting at HellermannTytonFrom July 1st 2013, Angela worked for 2 weeks at the international Company HellermannTyton at the Wythenshawe operation interpreting between Japanese and British Engineers during the installation of new machinery and training of the various staff involved with day to day running and maintenance.

Japan Day Northwest as Chairman of Japan Society North West

Japan Day, Liverpool 2008Japan Day in Liverpool, 2008, which coincided with the Capital of Culture and where we invited any group with a Japanese theme to display what they do. Almost everyone we contacted was eager to participate, and it grew and grew. On the day, we had a tremendous response from the public which almost completely overwhelmed us! The attendance for the day was over 2000, and reaction from the participants was very positive.

Throughout the day we had demonstrations of Aikido, Iaido, Kyudo and Kendo as well as displays of origami, bonsai, calligraphy, haiku, etc. Kimono/yukata dressing proved popular with some of the younger people. The Northern Token Society stand was particularly impressive, with real samurai swords on display. Taka san whose authentic sushi is a firm favourite here in the North West demonstrated the art of sushi making to an appreciative crowd ( The day was enhanced by the visit of His Excellency Ambassador Ebihara and the newly elected Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Steve Rotherham, both of whom gave speeches at the opening of the event.

Less Common Metals

Less Common MetalsWorld leader, Less Common Metals Ltd. manufactures and supplies rare earth based alloys and high purity metals.

The project Angela was interpreting for, involved the installation of a furnace for Vacuum Induction Melting.

Japanese Garden at Lower Heugh Cottage, Eastby, Yorkshire

Lower Heugh Cottage Japanese GardenThis Japanese style garden was already in existence but the owners together with the Japan Garden Society, Yorkshire and Humber Branch decided that it would be a good idea to hold a workshop to make an addition in the form of a kare-san-sui (dry stone garden). This addition was again designed and the construction supervised by Professor Masao Fukuhara with Angela carrying out the interpreting for the project. The project took only one day in August 2012 with all the members working together. The design had been worked out on an earlier visit by the Professor. Some 20 members of the Japan Garden Society came to take part in the workshop, some of whom had come from as far afield as Scotland.

Everyone worked as a team and it was an excellent workshop with a finished result that will remain for posterity.

2 Weeks of Master Classes in Melbourne, May 2010

2 Weeks of Master Classes in Melbourne, May 2010Throughout a 2 week period in 2010 the International Specialised Skills Institute held a series of two-day Master classes and individual lectures with Professor Masao Fukuhara, an internationally renowned Japanese landscape garden designer from the Osaka University of Arts who had been awarded a 2 week Fellowship by the Institute. Professor Fukuhara invited Angela Davies to Australia to interpret at all the Masterclasses, Lecturers and seminars.

The aim of the Master classes was to learn about a form of Japanese landscape design that encompasses environmental design, then to transpose those specific elements and ways of thinking into creating new landscape design solutions. These solutions would be suitable for Australia’s geology, climate, lifestyle and complement, or contrast the architectural elements whether in domestic, public or corporate settings. The programme comprised illustrated lectures, demonstrations, including building model Japanese gardens and both group and individual discussions with Professor Fukuhara.

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de RothschildThe Japanese garden is one of the many international gardens designed in 1912 by Mme.Charlotte-Beatrice Rothschild (1864-1934), . The Japanese garden was restored with some innovations in 2002 of the Osaka University of Arts and was renamed ‘Chō-seki-tei’ which means a garden in which to listen. In other words it is a garden, in which to enjoy the sounds of the underground echo chamber, deer scarer, waterfall and flowing streams.

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de RothschildThe garden also features soothing motifs traced in the white sand. Designed and created by Professor Masao Fukuhara of the Osaka University of Arts, this garden features a traditional ‘azumaya’ (small pavillion), wooden bridge, stone lanterns and basins which echo over a thousand years of Japanese tradition. A pond with a pebble shore contains beautiful koi carp.

Angela Davies continues to work with Professor Masao Fukuhara interpreting for him (French-Japanese) on a regular basis for the upkeep and maintenance of the garden.

The Bentley Arnage Launch

The Bentley Arnage is a large luxury car produced by Bentley Motors in Crewe, England from 1998 to 2009. The Arnage, and its Rolls-Royce-branded sibling, the Silver Seraph, were introduced in the Spring of 1998, and were the first entirely new designs for the two marques since 1980.

Silver Seraph Rolls Royce Launch

The launch of the first all-new Rolls-Royce in 18 years. The objectives were to position the Silver Seraph as the ’Rolls-Royce of motor cars’, and create a launch programme targeting the long-lead lifestyle media. A week-long media event was held in Ackergill Tower, near John O’Groats in Scotland.

It attracted a huge amount of coverage throughout the global media. In the UK, it was featured extensively on programmes such as the Today programme and ITV news. Angela Davies was interpreter for the Japanese Media.