Some fall color shots

Nebari Bonsai

Rain followed by several days of sunshine has produced some very nice fall colors in the garden. Here are a few shots of the show.

Shohin Clump-style Japanese Maple in a Koyo pot:

Chishio Improved Japanese Maple in a Yamaaki pot:

Root over rock trident maple in an Ino pot:

Shohin crabapple in a Roy Minerai pot:

Hawthorn in a Suishoen pot:

Arakawa Japanese Maple in an old Yozan pot:

Ginkgo in an old Heian Kouso pot:

And a little display of fall colors…

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2018 38th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition Part 3

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Bonsai artist Shinji Suzuki is chairman of this year’s Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition. I’ve attended about 30 of these exhibitions and this year, with Mr. Suzuki’s direction there are numerous changes. Some of the exhibition areas are much taller than normal. It looks like some of the rows are a bit longer because the space between the displays and side walls are much narrower.


Mr. Suzuki had two unique displays. His son Hiroyuki made tall, narrow, mysterious artificial rocks and planted them with small size Sargent junipers. The trees looked like they were hanging on to life on cliff edges. The main display was quite long and the title was “Back to the Source” featuring a moon in the background. There were numerous small lights highlighting the beautiful mountains. Perhaps Hiroyuki Suzuki learned how to create the artificial stones when he was an apprentice to Mr. Kimura.



Hiroyuki Suzuki



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Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan or Mountain ash)

Taiga Bonzai

S. aucuparia is strongly connected to folklore, its tough but flexible wood has been used in construction and furniture making, its fruit in culinary creations, beverages, as a medicinal remedy and fodder for livestock. S. aucuparia is known by many other names for example, in old English as ‘cwic-beám’ or ‘quick beam’, in Irish ‘caorann’ due to the beauty of its berries. In Canada it is referred to as the ‘dogberry’ tree, the ‘Vogelbeerbaum’ (bird-berry tree) or Eberesche in German. The Welsh name is ‘criafol’ or ‘lamenting fruit’ (the red berries), which according to tradition are associated with the blood of Christ and that the cross was carved from the wood of this tree. But S. aucuparia is more commonly know as the ‘Rowan’ and/or ‘Amur mountain ash’ as it grows well at high altitudes. It is hardy can tolerate shade or full sun, drought and severe cold periods and…

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2018 38th Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition Part 2

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The exhibition officially opened after the ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:40am. Politicians, Japanese bonsai dignitaries, a Chinese penjing collector and American bonsai bonsai leader cut the red and white ribbon to allow a crowd of visitors entry to the exhibition.


The Prime Minister Award was presented to a Japanese black pine originally created by Mr. Kimura.


There were a great number of Japanese and foreign visitors on the opening day, and most foreigners went directly into the huge sales area to get the “good items” before others. I seriously doubt Japan would sell out. However, Mr. Morimae did sell out before noon, and that report tomorrow.

There were six special displays including a one man showing from Mr. Kobayashi and Mr. Suzuki, more details tomorrow on Mr. Suzuki and his son’s displays.


Mr. Saito’s display featured Rough bark Japanese maples


Mr. Funayama’s display featured Japanese five-needle pine from Shikoku, Nasu…

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