Over the years I’ve come to expect directional bonsai to be displayed next to shohin box displays.
Box display with shimpaku that leans toward the center of the display
At Gafu-ten, I was surprised by how many of these trees shared their own stand with the accent plant.
Box display with an additional stand
Close-up of shimpaku and accent on secondary stand
As I looked at more of these stands and slabs, I began to appreciate how they provided additional visual weight to the side of the box stands, particularly for the larger sized shohin displays.
When viewed on their own, they make pleasantly complete mini-displays. Here are several of my favorites from the exhibit.
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