2020 94TH Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition– Part 1

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

Part 1 February 8-11, 2020 Part 2 February 13-16, 2020 The Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition is the finest and longest running formal bonsai exhibition in the word. The All Japan Bonsai Exhibition was held in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, Japan, from 1914-1933. Bonsai pioneer Norio Kobayashi (author, Editor and Publisher of Bonsai Magazine,) and Count Yoriyaga Matsudaira (shohin bonsai enthusiast, first President of the Kokufu Bonsai Society) organized the first Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan in March 1934 showing 96 bonsai. It was sponsored by the Kokufu Bonsai Society and the early exhibitions were held twice a year before suspending during the war. The private Kokufu Bonsai Society was transformed to the Nippon Bonsai Association in 1965 because of the growing popularity of bonsai. They are now the sponsors and the yearly exhibitions are held in early February. The 94th exhibition is opened yesterday. Historical display of some early exhibition albums and posters. This Japanese five-needle pine was displayed in the first 1934 Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition. I can’t wait to get home to check out the 1934 photo in the first exhibition album!   Here is the data from Part 1 of the exhibition: 151 Exhibit Areas 106 Large Bonsai 39 Chuhin (Medium) Compositions (78 pcs.) 7 Shohin Compositions (42 pcs.) Total Displayed Bonsai, Approximately 226 4 Kokufu Prizes 12 Kicho (Important Bonsai Masterpieces) 7 Special Exhibits 1 Suiseki special exhibit, but two bonsai compositions included a suiseki Kokufu Award, Sargent juniper  …

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