2019 93rdKokufu Bonsai Exhibition Part 1– Part 2

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

All the bonsai were lovingly cared for all day long.   Part 1 of the 93rdKokufu Bonsai Exhibition ended yesterday. Today, Wednesday, all the bonsai will be replaced with new specimens for the public to enjoy and study. For me, personally, it’s kind of like a new semester in my intense bonsai study. So, that must mean that today is “winter break” between semesters. What am I going to do on my day off? Take a couple of trains to Omiya Bonsai Village where I was an apprentice over 45 years ago. Mr. Saito displayed one of his many bonsai, a past Kokufu Prize Trident maple.   Chojubai Japanese Flowering Quince     Dwarf Kumquat   Japanese Black Pine Sargent Juniper   Japanese Red Pine   Siverberry   When the guides to the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition were handed out there was a slip of paper, or ballot for people to vote for their favorite two bonsai. This was only in the Japanese guide, not the English list of trees. We call that the People’s Choice, which I never liked or will do because I think it’s silly. People usually select a forest, or large bonsai or the tree with the most blossoms. The general public is not familiar with bonsai so their opinion is useless in the evaluation of bonsai. Yes, it shows what attracts them, however. For Part 1 of the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition the two bonsai the public selected was a Hinoki Cypress forest and a small mame…

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