2019 93rd Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition Part 1– Part I

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

The 93rdedition of the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition is being held on February 9-12, 2019 in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo. This, the finest and most prestigious bonsai exhibition in the world has always been held in the same venue for 91 events. When Norio Kobayashi and Count Matsudaira starte d the exhibition in 1934 it was held twice yearly. The exhibition was stopped during WWII, then resumed on a yearly basis. Several years ago the exhibition needed to be moved to a nearby industrial building because the museum was being remodeled to become handicap accessible. The renovations created a smaller exhibition area with fewer number of bonsai being displayed. So, the Nippon Bonsai Association simply changed the show into two parts, thus being able to display more trees and also receive more exhibition fees from their members. This year there was a noticeably, (for me at least who has attended most of the exhibitions for over 45 years,) fewer trees displayed. This was clearly evident with the removal of one entire row against a far wall and hanging large photos of blossoming satsuki azalea bonsai, with the cultivars in English too. This served two purposes, making wider aisles and adding color to a relatively winter bonsai appearance. The ten fewer bonsai was well compensated by the high quality specimens. I was NOT disappointed. Also, there were a couple of other changes. The two special exhibits, one from the Imperial Bonsai Collection were moved and also the…

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