A few weeks ago I made a last minute decision to head to Japan to visit the 35th Taikan-ten held in Kyoto. I’m glad I did. Visiting exhibits in Japan provides a great opportunity to catch up with friends from around the world and to do a little bonsai-related shopping for tools, pots and accessories. Of course, it’s fun to the trees too.
One feature of the Taikan, or Grand View, bonsai exhibit, is that it features prize-winning trees from the current year’s Sakufu and Kokufu exhibits held, respectively, each January and February. I’ll have photos of these trees and more in the coming weeks but thought I’d start with the 2015 Sakufu-ten Prime Minister award-winning needle juniper by Akio Kondo.
Prime Minister Award winning needle juniper by Akio Kondo
Good needle junipers typically feature deadwood on the trunk and well developed branch pads. This tree was no exception.
Well developed branches
This tree was displayed with a miniature mountain of what looks to be acorus planted on a flat stone and sitting on a thin piece of wood.
As displayed at the 2015 Taikan-ten
Apologies for the recent lapse in posts – more great trees are on the way!
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