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Affiliate Program Terms and Conditions

We have created these Terms and Conditions to ensure a smooth collaboration, by making our affiliate partnership requirements clear and upfront.

Please read the entire agreement. By joining the Real Japanese Gardens Affiliate Program you agree that you have read and understand this agreement and that you have the full right, power and authority to enter into and be bound by the Terms and Conditions of this agreement without the approval or consent of any other party.

Important notice: at the moment we can only accept applications from registered businesses or individuals acting as independent contractors, who can provide us with an invoice for the services rendered to us as affiliates.

We separate our affiliate program in our physical items shop on our website “japanesegardens.jp” and in our eBook store on Gumroad. The following terms and conditions are true for our physical items shop on “japanesegardens.jp”.

Affiliate Program Terms and Conditions

Real Japanese Gardens is a shop and promotion website for Japanese goods and garden guides developed, owned and provided by Japanese registered legal entity Niwashyu Co.LTD.

Hereinafter the term “Real Japanese Gardens” will refer both to the shop, as well as the legal entity owning it.

1. Registration

Your application to become a Real Japanese Gardens affiliate is subject to a manual review process in order to assess whether we’d make a good fit. The review process can take up to 5 business days and you will be notified via email with our decision.

By becoming an affiliate you agree to receive occasional emails from Real Japanese Gardens regarding changes in the affiliate program Terms and Conditions, news and updates or other information relevant to you as a Real Japanese Gardens affiliate.

You must provide us with accurate information regarding who you are, your business details and the website(s) and/ or platforms you intend to promote Real Japanese Gardens.

Reasons for rejected applications include but are not limited to any websites and/ or businesses that:

  • promote or display violence, discrimination, sexually explicit materials, copyright and trademark infringement, spamming, scamming, or any other illegal activities;
  • include in their domain name “Real Japanese Gardens”, its variations or misspellings;
  • replicate or resemble our website design (explicitly or implied) in a manner which leads customers to believe you are Real Japanese Gardens or any other affiliated business;
  • resell any of our original products;
  • are not aligned with our business standards or that are inappropriate for the product we sell.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that we reserve the right to decline your application at our sole discretion, without providing a rejection reason.

2. Commissions and payouts

Standard commission rate is 5% of each purchase made by customers through your referral link.

Standard cookie duration is 30 days. Therefore, the customers have a 30 day time frame from the moment they clicked on your affiliate link to buy at Real Japanese Gardens. If they purchase after the cookie has expired, commissions will unfortunately not be registered (unless they use your affiliate link again).

Moreover, the commission will go to the first affiliate whose link was clicked (if the purchase is completed in the 30-day time frame).

Example: if the customer clicks first on your affiliate link and later on, when he decides to purchase, uses another affiliate’s link, the commission goes to you.

We have a 20-day money back guarantee, therefore we only pay commissions that are older than 20 days and are not subject to any refunds.

Minimum payout is 25 USD. Payments will be made in USD into your PayPal account monthly, between the 15th day of the month and the last day of the month. In order to comply with our laws, we need you to provide us with an invoice reflecting the respective amount due that month, by sending it via email between the 1st and 14th day of that month.

Example: by March 31st you have an amount of 250 USD accepted and unpaid commissions in your balance. Between 1-14th of April you send us an invoice for the 250 USD. We transfer the amount to your PayPal account between 15-30th of April.

When reaching the minimum payout, we will notify you and sending you a template invoice to smoothen the process.

If you wish to reach a certain higher amount before getting paid, you can wait up to 3 months before invoicing us. Please inform us in this case.

You have the full obligation to comply with any laws and taxes you might be subject to in your country of residence as a result of rendering affiliate services to us.

We reserve the right to lower or increase our standard commission rates at any moment and for any reason. You shall be notified via email 30 days in advance before such changes go into force.

All commissions are subject to approval in order to be subsequently paid. Each commission’s status will be available in your affiliate program dashboard as “Pending”, “Unpaid”, “Rejected” or “Paid”.

3. Promotion permissions & restrictions

The following promotional methods are permitted:

  • Giving your affiliate link directly to your friends or potential customers that might be interested in Real Japanese Gardens;
  • Writing a review on your blog or website about Real Japanese Gardens and linking to our product with your affiliate link (or other provided creative asset);
  • Writing an article on your blog or website on a subject from the affiliate marketing niche and linking to our product with your affiliate link (or other provided creative asset);
  • Using your social media accounts to share your affiliate link with your audience (side note: make sure this is a practice permitted by the respective social network and that you comply with their Terms and Conditions as well);
  • Promoting your affiliate link in emails, so long as the recipient is already a customer or subscriber of your services or website and they have the option to remove themselves from future mailings;
  • Podcast mentions of your affiliate link and/ or discount code.

There are certain promotional methods we do not tolerate and will have your account terminated, shall you engage in such activities:

  • Spamming (in any form and/ or on any platform/ channel, includes but is not limited to: unsolicited promotional email, mass commenting on websites, posting your affiliate link on groups and forums where it’s not permitted, sending unsolicited direct messages etc);
  • Misrepresenting our brand and product in any way (includes but is not limited to: misleading customers or using false information about our product, using fake testimonials, pretending you are an employee of Real Japanese Gardens or that you are Real Japanese Gardens, concealing or misrepresenting your identity or your affiliation to our business etc);
  • Using paid advertising for your affiliate link;
  • Placing your affiliate link and/ or discount code on any coupon websites.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list and we reserve the right to terminate your account whenever we consider your promotional activities are not aligned with our business values.

If you are unsure whether a particular promotional method is accepted, please contact us in advance for confirmation.

4. Account termination

Either you or we may end this Agreement at any time, with or without cause, by giving the other party written notice in the form of email.

Additionally, we reserve the right to terminate your account at any moment and without any previous notice, shall we consider that you breached any Terms and Conditions of this Agreement. Any pending or unpaid commissions that are subject to your violation of our Terms and Conditions will be withheld.

Final note

By registering and being approved as an affiliate to the Real Japanese Gardens Affiliate Program you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions herein.

You agree that you are an independent contractor and that the affiliate relationship does not represent an employment relationship between you and Real Japanese Gardens (“Niwashyu”). Moreover, you have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf.

You agree that this is not a legally binding relationship and as a result you may not take legal action against Real Japanese Gardens (“Niwashyu”).

Last but not least, these Terms and Conditions are subject to change and you will be notified in advance about such changes.

You have the right to opt-out of our affiliate program at any time, by notifying us via email.

If you have any questions regarding the Terms and Conditions herein, please contact us.

Last updated: 10.01.2024

Kikuwa Brand – Bonsai Tool Set 5pcs.

別製足長盆栽鋏 Long handled bonsai scissors
These scissors are made by skilled craftsmen in Sanjo, Niigata. Ideal for pruning twigs of bonsai.
The base of the blade can cut raw wood of about 5 mm.
Total length about 200mm
Weight about 130g
Blade length (from center of caulking to cutting edge) about 60mm
SK5 steel
Made in Japan

又枝切 東型 大 Branch cutter L
This branch cutter is for cutting branches at their origin where they are coming out from the trunk.
The branch is cut out in a hollow way and quickly becomes overgrown.
It can cut 10mm or less living wood.
Total length about 205mm
Weight about 181g
Kikuwa brand
Made in Japan

針金切 大 Wire cutter L
A wire cutter for bonsai.
Cutting capacity is up to 4 mm aluminum wire and up to #10 copper wire
Total length about 205mm
Weight about 205g
Kikuwa brand
Made in Japan

手打八床 大 Bonsai pliers L
Hand-made Hachidoko (Large)
It is used for hanging and removing the wire.
Total length 230mm
Weight about 210g

ステンレスピンセット 黒染 直 Stainless steel tweezers black S
Stainless steel tweezers, black dyed, straight
For removing weeds and insects, or using the spatula to hold down soil and moss.
Total length 220mm
Weight about 55g

ケースは盆栽セット用ケース チャック式です。 Tool case zipper type
The case is a zipper type case for bonsai tool sets.
A special case that can store 5 to 8 bonsai tools such as scissors or cutters.
You can easily open and close the back with a chuck.
Tools such as scissors can be freely fixed with Velcro tape.
Size when opened: 330 x 245 mm
Weight about 228g
Made in China

Kikuwa Brand – Bonsai Tool Set 10pcs.

別製足長盆栽鋏 Long handled bonsai scissors
These scissors are made by skilled craftsmen in Sanjo, Niigata. Ideal for pruning twigs of bonsai.
The base of the blade can cut raw wood of about 5 mm.
Total length about 200mm
Weight about 130g
Blade length (from center of caulking to cutting edge) about 60mm
SK5 steel
Made in Japan

サツキ鋏 大 Satsuki scissors L
Although the name is Satsuki scissors (azalea scissors), it can also be used for cutting buds and pruning twigs of bonsai other than Satsuki.
Since it is made very narrow, it can pruned even deep inside the tree.
This product is also recommended for beginners.
Total length about 180mm
Weight about 84g
Made of S58C steel
Made in Japan

又枝切 東型 大 Branch cutter L
This branch cutter is for cutting branches at their origin where they are coming out from the trunk.
The branch is cut out in a hollow way and quickly becomes overgrown.
It can cut 10mm or less living wood.
Total length about 205mm
Weight about 181g
Kikuwa brand
Made in Japan

針金切 大 Wire cutter L
A wire cutter for bonsai.
Cutting capacity is up to 4 mm aluminum wire and up to #10 copper wire
Total length about 205mm
Weight about 205g
Kikuwa brand
Made in Japan

手打八床 大 Bonsai pliers L
Hand-made Hachidoko (Large)
It is used for hanging and removing the wire.
Total length 230mm
Weight about 210g

ステンレス盆栽鋸 直刃 110mm Bonsai straight saw 110mm
Stainless steel bonsai saw Straight blade 110mm
A saw for bonsai.
Used for pruning branches that cannot be cut with scissors.
Blade length about 110mm
Weight about 28g
Kikuwa brand
Made in Japan

ステンレスピンセット 黒染 直 Stainless steel tweezers black S
Stainless steel tweezers, black dyed, straight
For removing weeds and insects, or using the spatula to hold down soil and moss.
Total length 220mm
Weight about 55g

アルミ根かき棒 1本 Aluminum root pick single
1 aluminum plow stick
It’s made by cutting out aluminum. Because it is so light, it is very gentle to the roots.
Total length 170mm
Weight about 50g

樹液クリーナー ソフト Rust cleaner soft/fine
An eraser type tar remover for scissors.
You can easily remove tar and stains attached to scissors.
It can also remove a little rust.
Size 60 x 20 x 15mm
Weight about 35g
Made in Japan

盆栽ほうき 大 Bonsai broom L
Use it for cleaning after caring for bonsai.
Total length about 160mm
Weight about 30g
*Because it is a natural material, there are individual differences.
Made in China

ケースは盆栽セット用ケース巻物Aタイプ Tool case A-type
A tool case for bonsai set tools.
It’s a scroll-type case that can store about 10 bonsai tools such as scissors or cutters.
Useful for carrying and storing bonsai tools.
It is made of synthetic leather.
Size when opened Approximately 595 x 255mm
Made in Japan

Shōsei-en

Shōsei-en (Kikoku-tei)  (渉成園)

Shōsei-en is a garden that belongs to Higashi-Hongan-ji, the big temple of the True Pure Land School of Buddhism just north of Kyoto station. The garden is said to have belonged to the residence of the son of tennō Saga and was built in the early Heian period (794-1185). The pond most likely remained from the original design. The garden we see today, was laid out in 1641 after the shogun Tokugawa donated the land to the Hongan-ji. The garden design was probably realized by the intellectual Ichikawa Jozan and artist, tea master and aristocrat Kobori Enshu.

The garden has a pond and some tea houses, cherry trees that are a visitor magnet in spring. It is just a few meters away from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto station. While you can still hear the cars and see some of the surrounding buildings, it is good to see that these beautiful places do exist in modern Kyoto.

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Directions

How to get there
Shōsei-en is not far from the Kyoto station. Take the north exit and walk one block north and then another block in eastern direction. It will take aproximately 7 minutes.
You can also take the city bus number 5 to Kawaramachi Shomen.

Admission
500 Yen donation is recommended

Opening hours
Mar. – Oct.: 9:00~17:00
Nov. – Feb.: 9:00~16:00

Address
〒600-8190 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Higashitamamizucho
〒600-8190 京都府京都市下京区東玉水町

Mukōjima-hyakkaen

Mukōjima-hyakka-en(向島百花園)

This garden was built by an antique dealer between 1804 and 1830.

The name of the garden means “a garden with a hundred flowers that bloom throughout the four seasons”, and the garden is indeed known for very beautiful flowering trees and shrubs.

At the time when the garden first opened, its main feature was 360 ume trees.

In later years, many different blooming flowers and plants mentioned in classic Chinese and Japanese works of literature and poetry were collected, enabling visitors to enjoy blooming flowers throughout the year.

The garden is the only surviving flower garden from the Edo Period. What is also special about it is that it was not built as a part of a residence.

Contents of the eBook:
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Highlights
  • Flower Highlights
  • Anikas Impressions
  • Around Mukōjima-hyakkaen

12 pages full of information about the Mukōjima-hyakkaen
20 pictures of the garden
PDF 14MB

The eBook is delivered as PDF.

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Directions

How to get there
The closest metro station is Higashi-Mukojima of the Tobu-Skytree-Line. From the station, head 500m east to get to the garden.

Opening times
9am – 5pm (last entrance at 4:30)

Closed around New Year between December 29th and January 3rd.

Admission
150 Yen

Address
JP: 東京都墨田区東向島三丁目
EN: Tokyo, Sumida-ku, Higashimukojima 3-18-3

Giō-ji

Giō-ji(祇王寺)

This temple in Kyoto’s lovely Sagano district has a small moss garden. Surrounded by dense trees, it is a very quiet and relaxed place. In autumn, when the leaves change, it is especially beautiful.

The temple is also mentioned in the Japanese classic Heike Monogatari (Tale of the Heike). The dancer Gio retreated to this temple after a powerful leader of the Taira-clan ended the relationship with her. Wooden statues of her, her mother and sister and Taira-no-Kiyomori ass displayed in the temple.

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Directions

How to get there
From Kyoto station, take the JR Sanin Main line towards Sonobe (園部) from platform 32, 33. Get off after 16 minutes at the sixth stop Saga-arashiyama (峨嵐山).
If you prefer to go by bus, take the Kyoto city bus No. 28 or Kyoto bus No. 71 (for Daikaku-ji, 大覚寺) from Kyoto main station and get off after 50 minutes at Saga-Shakado-mae.

From there, walk about 20 minutes towards the west.

Opening times
9am – 5pm (last admission 4:30pm)

Admission
300 yen

Address
〒616-8435 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨鳥居本小坂町32
32 Kozakacho, Sagatoriimoto, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 616-8435

Engaku-ji

Engaku-ji(円覚寺)

Meet the charismatic regent Hōjō Tokimune and Zen master Mugaku Sogen and eavesdrop on their Zen conversations. Mongol invasions, Buddha’s tooth, and a forgotten Sutra roll – the founding story of Engaku-ji temple gives you a direct insight into the military and political challenges of the Kamakura period.

Engaku-ji temple is the second most important temple in the Kamakura Zen temple mountain system. It is situated in North Kamakura (Kita-Kamakura 北鎌倉). The Kita-Kamakura station is actually on the former temple grounds and the train line cuts off the temple entrance and pond from the main grounds. It used to have 40 sub-temples, nowadays there are 18. The temple was named after a Sutra roll (a copy of the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment) that was found in a chest unearthed when the construction works on the temple began in 1277. Engaku means „Perfect Enlightenment“ (円覚, engaku).

Actually, the temple was planned to be built for the Chinese Zen master Lanxi Daolong. Unfortunately, he died before the temple could be finished. Instead, Hōjō Tokimune decided that Engaku-ji temple was devoted to the victims of the battles against the Mongol invasions in 1274 and 1281. Legend has it that white deer appeared on the temple grounds and listened to priest Sogen’s first sermon at the opening ceremony. This was interpreted as a good omen for the temple. Thus the temple received the mountain name ‘Auspicious Deer Mountain’ – Zuiroku-San (瑞鹿山). A mountain name (山号 – San-gō) is traditionally given to temples of the Zen school – one reason is to tell them apart easily, as some temples in different areas carry the same name.

Contents
  • Introduction
  • Historical background – Kamakura period
  • History of the temple
  • The temple and gardens
  • Jenny’s impressions
  • Eating and Drinking
  • How to get there
  • Literature

14 pages
56 illustrations
14.7 MB

The eBook is delivered as PDF.

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Directions

How to get there
By train
Yokusuka Line between Kamakura and Tokyo, Kita-Kamakura station.
The train stops directly in front of the temple. Another option is to take a long walk from Kamakura station to Kita-Kamakura.

Opening times
Apr – Oct 08:00 – 17:00
Nov – Mar 08:00 – 16:00

Entrance fee
300 Yen

Address
Yama-no-uchi 409, Kamakura
神奈川県鎌倉市山ノ内409

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