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2,520 Degree Ponderosa Pine

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Two years ago I collected this Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) with Backcountry Bonsai. It was tucked under a full sized tree, somehow eking out a very long life. Seven full rotations is 2,520 degrees of twist around the trunk…a bit of an eye boggler. It lay prostrate and un-inspiringly in its box Read More

A Visit To Tokoname – Home To World Famous Bonsai Containers

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Tokoname is one of the six old Japanese kilns which have continued to support Japanese living for over 1,000 years.  Tea pots and sewer pipes are the most famous items crafted and produced in the city of Tokoname, a bit south of Nagoya, Japan. Of course, most of the high-quality bonsai Read More

A visit To Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Last week we visited the museum of bonsai artist Kunio Kobayashi in Tokyo. He had just returned from a convention in Viet Nam, but he still had the energy to welcome our group with his wife and curator of his museum, Jin Yasufumi. Each time I visit this museum garden Mr. Read More

2019 39th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition – Part 4

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. An important part of any bonsai exhibition around the world is the sales or vendor area. Most people visit to see and enjoy the trees, but they eventually end up in the sales area purchasing something for their collection. Even here in Japan I watch every year as people enter the Read More

2019 39th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition – Part 3

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. This year there are five special displays in the Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition. Funayama Display Mr. Funayama lives in the northern area of Japan and has large powerful evergreen bonsai. Mr. Morimae is his bonsai consultant.         Tanaka Display This was the largest display in the exhibition presented Read More

2019 39th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition – Part 2

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Some impressive bonsai and displays from the 2019 39thNippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.    An ancient Sago palm, Cycas revoulta.       Rita and Mark Cooper next to their Trident maple bonsai in the exhibition!   My English walking tour on Saturday.   Go to the source blog Read More

2019 39th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition – Part 1

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 39thNippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition is being held on November 22-25, 2019 at the Miyako Messe Exhibition Hall in Kyoto, Japan. Shinji Suzuki is chairman again this year. Quite a bit of advance promotion was published in both print and social media. Hitomi Kawasaki, a bonsai researcher wrote an excellent five Read More

Someone asked for a bonsai tree for Christmas

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: All Things Bonsai Blog. If you are reading this, then someone asked for a bonsai tree for Christmas. A bonsai tree! Where are you going to get one of those and what on earth should you buy? If you haven’t got a clue, then read on. Chinese Elm Bonsai are great for Christmas Chinese Read More

Autumn 2019 Japan International Bonsai Exploration

4 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. This year marks the 20th anniversary that Kora Dalager and I have been leading value priced bonsai tours to Japan and Asia. Kora is a seasoned travel agent who has traveled the world and that is also a skilled and knowledgeable bonsai artist and teacher. She is especially interested in bonsai Read More