A Visit To S-Cube, Masahiko Kimura, Mansei-en and Fuyo-en Bonsai Gardens

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

Our small group, in a private van, first visited Seiji Morimae’s S-Cube Bonsai Garden Uchiku-tei in Hanyu, Japan. As always, Mr. Morimae was extremely busy with his large sales area in the Ueno Green Club and preparing for the Nippon Suiseki Exhibition. He showed me over 50 beautiful tables selected for display with the stones, including one of my prize suiseki for the exhibit. His wife and staff warmly welcomed us and let us look around and photograph anywhere. Later on, as we were leaving Mr. Morimae showed me a special group of nearly 100 ancient Ezo Spruce bonsai collected by Saburo Kato’s father, Tomekichi Kato about 80 years ago. He will carefully select many of these historic bonsai masterpieces for his Bonsai Museum being built in Kyoto. I have seen so many collected Ezo Spruce at one time. It was special treat for me.             Masahiko Kimura Garden Next, we stopped at Mr. Kimura’s garden where his apprentices were busy preparing display tables for the 21 bonsai he will be displaying for his clients in Part 2 of the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition. Also, there was a long row of display tables all cleaned for another exhibit he is having at the Tokyo Dome Orchid show.   Andrei Bessonov, one of Mr. Kimura’s six year apprentices was showing us around. He has often been featured in the demonstrations Mr. Kimura does for his bonsai Fun Bonsai Classroom series in International BONSAI. Andrei is from Russia…

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