Bonsai is Addicting and It’s Good For You

BONSAIKO I was going to use this as my cover photo for this post. Not sure how it will show. This is a photo of a drawing on Kodak slide. I did this in 1985 when I was still in high school. I confess, yesterday we went to a 5:30pm Saturday evening mass and while sitting at church relaxed (maybe too relaxed) trying to be … Continue reading Bonsai is Addicting and It’s Good For You

The Exposed Root Japanese Five-needle Pine

Valavanis Bonsai Blog This Japanese five-needle pine, Pinus parviflora cv., is growing in Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Japan. It is on the shore of Nako Pond in front of the Kikugetsu-tei tea house complex and has been named “The Exposed Root Japanese Five-needle Pine.” It was originally a small bonsai and the 11thTokugawa Shogun, Ienari (1773-1841), presented the bonsai to the 9thLord of the Matsudaira … Continue reading The Exposed Root Japanese Five-needle Pine

Visiting Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Tokyo is the home, studio, gallery and growing area of Kunio Kobayashi. I’ve visited here many times before, and like in the past there is always something new to see and study, plus Mr. Kobayashi’s personal bonsai collection. The scenic garden views, especially from the top two viewing areas were quite beautiful. I found it interesting that all … Continue reading Visiting Shunka-en Bonsai Museum