A 19-Year Journey of a Ficus Microcarpa – From Pre-bonsai to Winning Awards

Originally posted on Bonsai Penjing & More:
I purchased this Tiger Bark Ficus microcarpa as a pre-bonsai in 1997, and continued to train it for about 19 years. Over these years, I saw it transformed from an ordinary looking pre-bonsai to one winning a place among the 25 Exceptional Tress Award in the 2013 World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) Photo Contest. It also won the Best… Continue reading A 19-Year Journey of a Ficus Microcarpa – From Pre-bonsai to Winning Awards

A Special Visit With Mr. Morimae & Negishi

Originally posted on Valavanis Bonsai Blog:
During each one of our bonsai tours to Japan, an unexpected special event happens, mostly connected with Seiji Morimae. Well, this time we really had a unique visit. Reception room at S-Cube featuring a bonsai from the Iwasaki Collection We first visited Seiji Morimae and his S-Cube business. The garden is actually named Uchiku Tei which is a contraction… Continue reading A Special Visit With Mr. Morimae & Negishi

Omiya Bonsai Village & Masahiko Kimura

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After our visit with Mr. Morimae and Negishi we drove to see Masahiko Kimura. Although I’ve visited Mr. Kimura twice yearly for over 30 years, the beauty of his trees is always refreshing. However, during this visit I noticed a great number of new bonsai. I asked him how many new bonsai he had and he said “many” In… Continue reading Omiya Bonsai Village & Masahiko Kimura

2016 90th Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition– Report 2

Originally posted on Valavanis Bonsai Blog:
Sorry for the delay in this second report, but I wanted to make certain the information presented here is correct and needed to check the official program for Part 1 of the exhibition. Thanks to Larry Ragle who with his wife, Nina, are on our tour. The tour, except for me, was fortunate to visit Part 1 and Larry… Continue reading 2016 90th Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition– Report 2