2019 6th Japan Suiseki Exhibition

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

The 6thJapan Suiseki Exhibition is being held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo, on February 14-17, 2019. This is the same venue as the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, but in a different gallery on the 2ndfloor. Seiji Morimae was able to get a five year contract to hold this prestigious exhibition of stones, and it looks like it will likely continue with his and Kunio Kobayashi’s leadership of the Nippon Suiseki Association. It was Norio Kobayashi’s (no relation to Kunio Kobayashi,) dream to elevate the art of bonsai by having an exhibition in an art museum. He succeeded, and in 1934, with the assistance of Count Matsudaira, a now annual exhibition of miniature trees can be enjoyed. Norio Kobayashi was a pioneer in bonsai promotion and published the monthly Bonsaimagazine for 518 issues. This year marks the 93rdedition of the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition. For a couple of decades, the exhibition was held twice a year, but changed to an annual event in 1960. I found it interesting that in 1934 museum officials did not originally want to display bonsai because they were “dirty” with soil and “smelly” from organic fertilizers. That was the main reason soil needed to be 100% covered in green moss. The bonsai exhibition is now held on the bottom levels of the current art museum with ceramic floor tiles. The suiseki exhibition is held in a 2ndfloor gallery which is carpet covered. No water is allowed in this exhibition which is the reason…

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