Handling the Hierarchy

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Source: The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum.

Hello all, greetings once again from Aichi-en Bonsai Nursery in Nagoya, Japan! Like many of you are as well, we are currently in full swing of repotting season, going on nearly two months now of what seems likes constant soil making, pot scrubbing, and root combing. It’s impossible to keep anything clean. There is akadama soil in all of my shoes, most of my pockets, I even found a few pebbles in my futon sheets the other day. Handling the Hierarchy As the busyness of springtime is upon us, I am starting to get a fuller and more vibrant taste of the hierarchy of Japanese Society. I have just hit my one-year mark here at Aichi-en, but I am still the most junior apprentice by a significant amount. In addition to my teacher, there are many sempai above me, who essentially function as my boss as well. If I don’t do what they say in regards to work, then I am failing to do my job successfully. Although, it starts to get tricky when you’re working with 5-6 other people who are all above you telling you to do different things at the same time. From my perspective, the elephant in the room is that this really isn’t possible sometimes, but no one really seems to acknowledges this point. If there’s more work to get done, then you should go faster! A specific time that comes to mind is going to help at a Daiju-en customer’s place (a beautiful temple…

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