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Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


This original post was sent while I was 39,000 feet above the Pacific flying home. Apparently there was a glitch and most of the posts were missing images. Hopefully this one will work correctly as I’m on the ground in the good old USA.

Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum is one of the highlights of each of our tours and my private visits to Tokyo. In fact, the museum is kind of near Narita Airport and I can easily make a short visit while traveling anywhere in Asia. In addition to beautiful masterpiece bonsai, the museum features 15 alcove display areas, which offers me the opportunity to study the displays of Mr. Kobayashi.


Each time we visit Shunka-en Bonsai Museum there are more and more bonsai, mostly larger impressive specimens for the Chinese market. In November the garden was overflowing again with bonsai and I thought Mr. Kobayashi could not…

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Good and bad news from Crane Count

Hermanus Bird Club

By Lee Burman

The latest Crane Count near Hermanus seems to indicate an increase in the number of Steppe Buzzards and Spur-winged Geese. That is the good news. But the number of Blue Cranes seems to be in decline. That is the bad news.

The twice-yearly Crane Count, a project of the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town, must be one of the longest ongoing birding projects in the country. It was started in 1993.

At first  only counted Blue Cranes and Denham’s Bustards were counted, but gradually other birds have been added and we now count 13 species found in this area plus a number of buck species.

My route, OV17, starts on the Swartrivier Road at Gabriëlskloof, continues along the Karwyderskraal Road and then up the Hemel en Aarde valley to just outside Caledon.

What has been very noticable over the years is the change in…

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