The white pine below appeared at the 90th anniversary Kokufu exhibition held this past February in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. White pine White pine are commonly styled in the exposed root style. While some of these specimens are collected, many are developed as bonsai from seed. Good specimens have flaky bark and foliage arranged into relatively […]
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For a mini-fall break this year, I’ll share some photos from the 2016 Kokufu exhibit in Tokyo. First up is a twisty shimpaku juniper with a very thin lifeline. Shimpaku The tree is interesting in that the jin at the top of the tree somewhat mirrors the trunk below and the foliage emerges from a […]
Seeing the deciduous bonsai on display at Kokufu is always a treat. Here’s a great example – a broom-style zelkova with strong roots, straight trunk, and many fine branches creating a full silhouette. It’s a beautiful tree. Zelkova
Slender trunks with gentle movement and full branches make the white pine below a compelling bonsai. A simple wood slab makes a good stand for the rock slab on which the tree is planted. White pine
Clump-style chojubai are relatively common. Less frequently seen are chojubai with single trunks. Here’s a great example of a slanting chojubai. Slant-style chojubai