2018 38th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition Part 2

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The exhibition officially opened after the ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:40am. Politicians, Japanese bonsai dignitaries, a Chinese penjing collector and American bonsai bonsai leader cut the red and white ribbon to allow a crowd of visitors entry to the exhibition. The Prime Minister Award was presented to a Japanese black pine Read More

Kimura’s Bag of Tricks

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Before and after Shimpaku Juniper by Masahiko Kimura. No wonder they call him the Magician. The tree’s height started at 15″ (38cm) and ended up at 28″ (71cm) Continuing the Magician thread from the last two days. Part of this post is from our archives (2011). The rest is from today. Bonsai are reduced in Read More

Melaleuca Ericifolia

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Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. The common name for this species is swamp paperbark, but I am yet to see any bark peal off this bonsai. That is probably because it is too young so I will hold out hope that occurs in the future. The only reason I have posted this particular tree is because Read More

2018 38th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition Part 1

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 38thNippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition opens tomorrow, November 23 and runs through November 26, 2018 at the Miyako Messe Exhibition Hall in Kyoto, Japan. Shinji Suzuki is the chairman this year and the exhibition is special with several private displays. This is the 30thyear of the Heisei Period, the current era Read More

Preparing Accents for Winter–

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Accents are popular with many bonsai enthusiasts. Some of us grow them to the detriment of our bonsai, we are so engaged and enraptured with them. And they are delightfully distracting. In the late fall the accents—or at least the ones that go brown on us—should be trimmed back to set Read More

A Toji Flea Market Experience

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Our group left Shikoku Island on the way to Kyoto on a train crossing the scenic Inland Sea which is dotted with many small islands. The weather was warm and sunny and the islands were quite picturesque. However, the bridge structure did not allow us to capture images without steel posts Read More

Windswept Cotoneaster

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Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This is just a fun small bonsai. The cotoneaster was was dug a couple of years ago and had a hard life before rescue and re-location to my yard. I made this pot this year and they appeared a good “fit”. The pot is supposed to represent a sandstone coast that Read More

Running Wild in Japan

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Recognize this trunk? It’s a piece of a famous bonsai (see below). Bill Valavanis took this photo just a couple days ago. I cropped it just a bit for a closer look Bill and his camera are running wild in Japan. We left him at Kimura’s nursery yesterday, so we’ll continue with a Read More

New Site Wide Sale for Your Bonsai Essentials

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. NEW 20% OFF SITE WIDE SALE MEANS DOUBLE DISCOUNTS* *ON OUR ITEMS THAT ARE ALREADY ON SALE (MOST OF OUR ITEMS ARE ALREADY ON SALE) AND A MINIMUM OF 20% OFF ON EVERYTHING ELSE  This is a One Time Opportunity that may not last very long – 20% discount will be deducted when you check Read More

Visiting Kokubunji & Kinashi Bonsai Villages

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.   The two pine bonsai production villages of Kokubunji and Kinashi have merged to be part of the city of Takamatsu on Shikoku Island, Japan. According to 2014 figures, 219 bonsai nurseries shipped 75,000 bonsai valued at approximately US $2,400,000. A great number of the pine bonsai in Japan originated from Read More