I’m glad I made it to Masahiko Kimura’s garden this year. I had an hour before the sun went down which was just enough time to visit some of my favorite trees and take a few photos.
Posing with a Japanese black pine
Looking closely at the trees in Kimura’s garden reveals the characteristics we prize most in bonsai – aged bark, twisting deadwood, and dense branch ramification.
Twisting shimpaku juniper
Gnarled red pine
Many of the trees in the garden are prize-winners from Japan’s most prestigious exhibitions, but simply stating that doesn’t do them justice. Kimura’s best trees are interesting, beautiful, and unique.
Japanese red pine
Not feeling pressed for time, I quietly studied the trees that caught my attention – by far my favorite way to learn bonsai.
When it was time to go, I looked around the garden as if to lock in the memory and headed out towards the nearest train station.
Up next: a different kind of garden
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