Gomangoku Bonsai Show

February 20, 2009

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This old five-needle pine carries my imagination up into the high mountains.

Last fall, Mas and I went to the Gomangoku Bonsai show (五万石盆栽展) in Okazaki, near Nagoya.

Daiju-en (大樹園), which puts on this exhibit, stands at the head of a group of bonsai nurseries run by some of the finest professional bonsai artists in Japan.  The proprietor is Tohru Suzuki, the grandson of the founer, Saichi Suzuki. My bonsai teacher, Boon Manakitivipart, is part of this lineage.  His teacher (or oyakata 親方), Kihachiro Kamiya, apprenticed with Tohru’s father, Toshinori.

One of the things that sets Japanese bonsai apart from our American bonsai  is the age and development of the trees.  You can see this especially when you look at the ancient bark on the pines.  In time our trees will also show the beauty and dignity of age.

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Gomangoku has a large, high-quality, sales area.

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December 21, 2008
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Fall and winter are always a busy time of year for me, and my blogging rate falls off accordingly.   Right now, I am about to start final preparations for the 10th Anniversary Bay Island Bonsai exhibit, which will be  held January 17-18, 2009.  I am showing the four bonsai you see above, and Mas is planning two suiseki displays.

This year’s show trees are sleeping right now, but in a couple of weeks I will dress each one up and get it ready for display.  This includes various activities such as applying a top dressing of moss, removing wires, and cleaning and (lightly) oiling the pots.

Coming up in the New Year I’ll return with more of Mas’ suiseki, as well as some photos of the interesting places we saw in our recent trip to Japan.

Meanwhile, Mas and I would like to wish you a Good Solstice, and a very Happy New Year.

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