Bonsai, Beyond the Border:  Yuji Yoshimura, a Bonsai Artist Across the Ocean Exhibition

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Coming up soon the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (Saitama, Japan) has organized an Autumn Special Exhibition Commemorating their 10th Anniversary and Sister Partnership with the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington, DC.

Bonsai, Beyond the Border: Yuji Yoshimura, a Bonsai Artist Across the Ocean Exhibition commemorates and highlights the life of a Japanese bonsai artist who spread bonsai to the United States. The exhibition will feature historical photographs, documents and other items illuminating the lifetime work and passion of Yuji Yoshimura and his 37 year career in the United States and abroad. His life’s goal was to introduce the appreciation, artistry and practice of elegant classical bonsai art.

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His father, Toshiji Yoshimura, Kofu-en Bonsai Garden in Tokyo, was a leader of the Japanese bonsai and suiseki communities who helped to establish the arts in the modern world. His first son, Yuji Yoshimura, a second generation bonsai artist studied…

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An Advance Open Bonsai Workshop

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IMG_0108.JPGIMG_0144.JPGThis afternoon I had another Open Workshop for my advance students to style and refine their bonsai. There were a few interesting bonsai which were brought into the studio.

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Alan continued to work on my formal upright RAF Dwarf Scots pine removing old needles and excess buds in preparation for future display.
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Brian brought in a most unusual species, Toxicodendron radicans, to wire and had to wear rubber gloves to avoid contact with the poison urushiol. I did NOT help him wire the Poison Ivy.
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Bob brought in a large Japanese Yew he rescued from the roadside many years ago. He has been refining it in preparation for the 2020 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition.
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Bob also brought in a good size Crabapple to discuss the container selection. It has some dead wood areas. A couple of years ago Marc air layered the top of Bob’s tree to create…

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Bonsai, Beyond the Border:  Yuji Yoshimura, a Bonsai Artist Across the Ocean Exhibition

Valavanis Bonsai Blog

YOSHIMURA POSTER.jpg2.jpg

Coming up soon the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (Saitama, Japan) has organized an Autumn Special Exhibition Commemorating their 10th Anniversary and Sister Partnership with the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington, DC.

Bonsai, Beyond the Border: Yuji Yoshimura, a Bonsai Artist Across the Ocean Exhibition commemorates and highlights the life of a Japanese bonsai artist who spread bonsai to the United States. The exhibition will feature historical photographs, documents and other items illuminating the lifetime work and passion of Yuji Yoshimura and his 37 year career in the United States and abroad. His life’s goal was to introduce the appreciation, artistry and practice of elegant classical bonsai art.

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His father, Toshiji Yoshimura, Kofu-en Bonsai Garden in Tokyo, was a leader of the Japanese bonsai and suiseki communities who helped to establish the arts in the modern world. His first son, Yuji Yoshimura, a second generation bonsai artist studied…

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Abilene State Park, Texas (9/27/2018 – 9/29/2019)

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The drive from Houston, Texas was uninteresting until I found myself north of Austin and Leander, Texas. After that it was mostly farming land with some interesting looking small towns. The one that caught my eye was Santa Ana, Texas. Once you leave the Austin area you need to make sure you have a full tank of gas ’cause there’s nothing along those roads.

At some point I came across an area with hundreds wind generators for miles and miles, as far as the eye could see. It felt almost out of body (alien like), or just plain out of place. Here in Texas, oil, cowboys, horses, cattle drives, wind generators (?), it just felt strange, but they’re there, in their hugeness and noisiness.

Wind Generators, everywhere, for miles and miles, hundreds of them

I really enjoyed camping at Abilene State Park. The ranger was pleasant and helpful. Once I…

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Traveling through Louisiana

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After leaving Sea Rim State Park in Texas, I took Patrick’s suggestion to drive along the Louisiana coastline. I took the bridge across the Sabine Lake and into Louisiana through Johnson Bayou. Lots of beef cattle farming in the Bayou. The drive along the coast is desolate and homes are few and far between. The only way to get to Cameron, Louisiana is on the ferry over the Calcasieu Ship Channel. I was heading to New Iberia and on to Lake Fausse State Park to camp for the next couple of nights.

New Iberia, Louisiana. What a nice little town with a lot of character.

Next I headed to my campsite at Lake Fausse State Park, Louisiana. Oh boy, talk about swampy water everywhere, right up to the campsites and mosquitoes, mosquitoes, mosquitoes. The park rents kayaks and canoes, for those brave enough. After spending a couple of…

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park (9/29/2019 – 10/4/2019)

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Driving from Abilene to Canyon, Texas is fairly flat and uninteresting until you get near to Canyon. When you make the turn east and are about a mile from the entrance, it’s like the earth fell out from under you. To your right there are large gashes in what must have once been just flat earth, except it has taken centuries. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is described as “Texas’ best kept secret.” Geologically spectacular with layer upon layer of colors. Ms. Richardson, my favorite teacher at Alpha Academy (my high school) would have been in her element here. It is also the second largest canyon in the United States.

View from the top of the canyon

View from the top of the canyon

View from the top of the canyon

View from my campsite, love it! Look at those geological layers.

The layers and colors are spectacular

I saw…

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Side Trip – Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Roswell, New Mexico (10/9/2019 – 10/11/2019)

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Today Stretch and I spent 3 hours at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bitter_lake/ outside of Roswell, New Mexico. It’s easy enough to find if you’re in the Roswell area. I’d say that if you’re into wildlife, habitat, ecological diversity, hiking, photography and just plain nature, I’d give this place at least half a day to explore.

There is no fee to enter the refuge and the volunteer staff at the visitor center is friendly and knowledgeable. The volunteer suggested coming in either earlier or later in the day which is when the wildlife is most active. I knew that, but I did the drive anyway.

In addition to walking and biking trails, the refuge has an eight mile driving trail (in excellent condition). The volunteer assured me that I wouldn’t feel rushed down the road by other drivers. So Stretch and I went off on our trek. There…

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