A little over five years ago I started this blog – and today marks my 500th post. I’ve come a long way since my first post, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you all for joining in the fun along the way. Now over 5,000 photos, 2,000 comments, 3,000 followers and a million post-views later, I’d like to share some photos from the world’s most prestigious bonsai exhibit, the Kokufu-ten.
Those of you who have visited the Kokufu-ten, or National Bonsai Exhibit, will recognize the scene below – lots of people vying for a better view of outstanding bonsai.
View from above – Kokufu-ten #88, February 2014
For those of you who have yet to visit the exhibit, I can say that it’s simply a treat. Hundreds of superb trees are on display in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum each February. For details about the event and the best history I know of in English, see the Phoenix Bonsai Society’s articles on the topic starting with, Kokufu Bonsai Ten, Part I.
Enough talk – it’s time for the trees!
Japanese beech – Kokufu Prize
Two Americans exhibited bonsai at this year’s Kokufu – Frank Cucchiara and Doug Paul. This year marked Frank’s first entry in Kokufu – Doug first showed bonsai in Kokufu in 2010. Congratulations to you both!
Chinese juniper and Japanese flowering quince ‘Chojubai’ by Frank Cucchiara
Chinese juniper by Doug Paul
Japanese white pine – Kokufu Prize
Japanese white pine
Japanese black pine
Japanese black pine – Kokufu Prize
Japanese white pine
Chinese juniper and trident maple – Kokufu Prize
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Jnana Hodson says
Congratulations! Bonsai can be a big topic, indeed, and a constant inspiration to those of us whose gardening is spread across a more traditional scale, weeds and all.
Jonas – A big thank you for this post, from so many of us who may never make it to Japan! Keep up the great sharing. Here’s to 500 more!
Jonas, I enjoyed every one of your 500 posts. Read most of them over and over. I’m looking forward to the next 500!!.
Thank you very much!
George Haas says
Your blog has inspired all of us. Congratulations on 500 posts.
Good mile post Jonas. Keep it coming.
Chris Cochrane says
Thanks for wonderful hours of sharing, Jonas. You astound us.
Great job Jonas! Congratulations.
The best Bonsai blog on WWW.
Congratulations Jonas! Also, what Boon said!
Scott Roxburgh says
Congratulations Jonas! The number of posts alone is an awesome achievement, but looking back over the content, it is an amazing service you provide to the bonsai community, and you give it away!…now when is that book coming out…
Barbara HOLMES says
I was not sure you had this site yet—-I find it fun. Barbara
Thanks for al the posts!
Congratulations! And a BIG Thank You, for sharing your bonsai journey with us!
Dave Martin says
You may recall I met you at Takamatsu.
Thank you for your dedication in posting your blog so regularly. My friends whom I have introduced to your blog agree with me that we owe you a huge debt of gratitude for bringing it to us.
Ahhh! The memories! Twas a great show this year…for for one…PLUS the suiseki exhibit. Hard to top that!
Sorry, I meant ‘two for one’ 😉
Thanks for all the awesome Bonsai thoughts. It really helps.to focus.
Morten Albek says
You are doing it very well. Always interesting to read your posts.
I love your blog. Great trees, great photos. Really one of the very best of all the great bonsai blogs.
Oh, almost forgot. Congrats on 500. Shows real admirable perseverance.
Simply awesome. Thanks for sharing with us.
Josef Ulrich says
I have been following your blog for almost a year. When I saw this was your 500th post I figured I would take the ride from the beginning. All I have to say is wow.
After reading almost all the posts and comments there is one question I don’t believe has ever been brought up. When are you going to write a book?
Jonas Dupuich says
Thanks Josef – I’m working on it!
James Aka chuchin says
Congrats I absolutely appreciate this venue. Great thing you got going!!!