I’ll be taking a break from the blog for the next few weeks, but new posts will return mid-December. In the meantime, here are some photos from the 2011 Taikan-ten exhibit. See you next month! Bunjin black pine Massive shimpaku Formal upright black pine Flaky bark Root over rock chojubai Accent with moss and selaginella […]
Exhibits are where we can see bonsai at their best. Explore posts from Bonsai Exhibits in the U.S. including the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition and Japanese events including the world-famous Kokufu and Taikan-ten exhibits.
I’ll keep this post simple – does anyone know the story behind this display from last month’s Taikan-ten? Display with figures Figures on burl wood Close-up Box of figures
The accent below is common – can someone provide the name? If you look carefully, you’ll notice a shoot from a different plant – the leaf looks like kinzu to me. Ajania pacifica (formerly Chrysanthemum pacificum) – Japanese: iso giku (Thanks to Tom for the tip! -ed.) Here’s another accent of the same variety. It’s less […]
One of the highlights of this year’s Taikan-ten was a special display featuring specimens from the Keiji Tanaka collection. Three bonsai and two suiseki were exhibited in a display designed by Seiji Morimae. The trees were fantastic, as was the work by Shinji Suzuki. Trident maple A placard for the display provided the following text: […]
This year’s Taikan-ten featured a special display area devoted to an impressive collection of Korean hornbeams. Hornbeams are a favorite variety of mine as they can show great character in the trunk and develop very twiggy branches. Cascade Korean hornbeam – unglazed hexagonal pot It’s rare to see so many old specimens together so it was […]