After looking into the practice of shohin display, I thought it would be nice to focus on some of the beautiful trees at this year’s Gafu-ten. Here are some highlights. Shimpaku Zelkova Cryptomeria Chojubai Princess persimmon Shimpaku Winterberry Isozanshou – Osteomeles subrotunda Princess persimmon Border privet Shimpaku Chojubai Princess persimmon Shimpaku Beautyberry Trident maple Related […]
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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 […]
The idea of exhibiting six shohin bonsai in a single display can be daunting. Fortunately there are good alternatives that accommodate smaller numbers of bonsai in the display. At Gafu-ten, the most common single-tree displays feature bunjin bonsai. These trees have little visual weight for their size but fill the display area well. Bunjin camellia […]
At Gafu-ten, Japan’s premier shohin exhibit, there are a number of different judging categories. This allows the judges to recognize the best contributions for a particular type of tree or display. Some of the key categories include: Over 70 cm (the box stand for the display is 80 cm wide) 70 cm (the box stand […]
One of the first displays to catch my attention at this year’s Gafu-ten exhibit featured six trees and an accent plant. Award-winning display at the 2019 Gafu-ten held in Kyoto, Japan Unlike the display of larger bonsai, shohin display entails complex relationships among all of the trees in the composition. As the number of trees […]