The Magician Playing with Bonsai

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This rock forest is by the Magician, Masahiko Kimura. A master of the art of bonsai, professionally and at play Bill Valavanis is in Japan again and we’re all the better for it. Especially if  you like a steady stream of great bonsai photos. In fact, I wouldn’t be offended if you just skipped out and Read More

Exploring Takamatsu, Japan

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Takamatsu is the largest city on Shikoku Island and the gateway to the island over the Great Seto Bridge connecting the island to Honshu. The city is quite famous for the production of pine bonsai. However, today we did not see any bonsai since we will spend an entire day exploring Read More

Visiting Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.   Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Tokyo is the home, studio, gallery and growing area of Kunio Kobayashi. I’ve visited here many times before, and like in the past there is always something new to see and study, plus Mr. Kobayashi’s personal bonsai collection. The scenic garden views, especially from the top Read More

Rough & Rugged Old Bonsai – Two Day Book Special

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This rugged old tree starkly contrasts with the way it’s presented; the professional studio photo, the quality stand and pot cleaned and oiled to perfection. As you can see, it’s a pine. I won’t bother to guess the variety, but here’s where I found it and here’s the caption… Nippon Bonsai Sakka Kyookai Europe España Read More

The Exposed Root Japanese Five-needle Pine

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. This Japanese five-needle pine, Pinus parviflora cv., is growing in Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Japan. It is on the shore of Nako Pond in front of the Kikugetsu-tei tea house complex and has been named “The Exposed Root Japanese Five-needle Pine.” It was originally a small bonsai and the 11thTokugawa Shogun, Read More

Zelcova – Trim Time

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Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. It is that time of the year where a lot of deciduous trees need some maintenance. This Zelcova serrata was “rescued” from a garden quite a few years ago and has been in training for about eight years or so. It looked like this Then it looked like this Now it Read More

A Massive Bonsai Masterpiece

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This massive masterpiece is a Japanese beech (Fagus crenata) Yesterday we featured an impressive Japanese beech and today we’ve got one that takes impressive to another level.  We’ve shown it before, but the best trees are always worth another look. There was no attribution with our source so we don’t know who it belongs to, though based on Read More

Winter preparation in Bonsai

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Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. About removing leaves In my part of the world temperatures are falling. Days are shortening and many trees are dropping their leaves. Time therefor to look at our bonsai and consider the winter. Next to providing some form of protection agains the effects of cold wind on bonsai, the effect of Read More

Bonsai, Babies & Roshi Tools

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Three photos of the same tree at different times. I think it’s probably the same baby too. No identification of the tree is given, but it looks a lot like a Japanese beech I try to focus on bonsai and stay away from babies and kittens (here on Bark at least), but for Read More

An Autumn Visit To Omiya Bonsai Village

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Today we spent a pleasant 68F sunny day in Omiya, Japan. Our small group of only six people afforded us the opportunity to get around easily and have plenty of time to absorb the beauty of beautiful Japanese bonsai. Our first stop was the bonsai garden of Masahiko Kimura, The Magician. Read More