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Shunka-en Japanese Bonsai Gallery – Stone Lantern

This Japanese flowering apricot (Prunus mume) is from Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum. I borrowed the picture from Invoice Valavanis’ Bonsai weblog.

On the subject of pictures of the very best Japanese bonsai Invoice Valavanis’ Bonsai Weblog is tough to beat. We discovered all at the moment’s pictures there. And all of the timber are from Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum.

A muscular outdated Camellia stuffed with flowers and buds. This picture and a pair others under had been taken by Invoice Valavanis throughout a 2018 go to to Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Tokyo.

Extra shade. This one seems to be like a Persimmon and the pot seems to be prefer it has a narrative to inform. Just like the Camellia this picture was taken by Invoice Valavanis throughout a 2018 go to to Mr Kobayahi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum.

Some individuals complain about extremely stylized bonsai and in lots of circumstances I get the objection. However please don’t complain about this one. To my eye, It belongs within the pantheon of highest high quality bonsai artwork. A masterpiece of motion, concord and creativity. After I first featured this tree a pair years in the past I wrote the phrase Embrace. Now I don’t keep in mind if it was my concept or if the title got here with the tree. Irrespective of, I feel it really works.

Quoting Invoice… “There are over 12 alcoves for formal bonsai shows. Mr. Kobayashi all the time reveals his creativity in creating distinctive bonsai shows.”

A more in-depth take a look at simply the tree.

Considered one of many highly effective Shimpaku at Mr Kobayashi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum. Here is a quote from Invoice, “There have been many massive grafted Sargent juniper bonsai, all wired and simply ready to fill out for future gross sales.” Invoice persistently refers to Shimpaku as Sargent junipers. He’s in fact right, although most of us within the bonsai world consult with them as Shimpaku (there’s much more that may very well be mentioned about this, however we’ll depart that for one more time).

This might be a outstanding bonsai even with out the flowers. Along with Japanese black pines and Shimpaku junipers, Mr. Kobayashi is thought for his Satsuki azaleas.

Right here’s an excellent little Satsuki root-over-rock.

One other Satsuki in full bloom and one other of Mr Koybashi’s tokonama.



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