The Shinpukuji Temple complex features a small bonsai museum that displays a rotating collection of trees belonging to Mr. Oomura. My first few visits to the garden were in winter. On these occasions the indoor display area was filled with blooming ume. This past fall, the hall included a mix of varieties and a fun selection of bonsai from the chrysanthemum family.
Cut leaf Japanese maple
Japanese Climbing Hydrangea (iwagarami) with Chrysanthemum
Outside, trees set on pedestals surround a small patio. Here are a few shots of the patio and some flowering and fruiting trees.
Bonsai museum patio
A row of impressive trees
Bonsai set against the surrounding forest
Large camelia bonsai
One of the many princess persimmon in Mr. Oomura’s collection
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Dave Martin says
It is nice to see the more obscure plantings such as Chrysanthemum and Hydrangea. In the book by Kyuzo Murata’s “The Four Seasons of Bonsai” there are several examples of the Hydrangea serratta “Shichidanka”, is this still a popular variety?
Jonas Dupuich says
Hi Dave – thanks for the note. I’ve seen very few chrysanthemum or hydrangea bonsai in Japan or around the US. It could be that the varieties are popular among hobbyists, but I haven’t seen a lot in exhibits. I think it would be neat to see more!