20 year anniversary

2003 - 2023



Shohin Bonsai Europe was established in 2003 by Morten Albek.

The bonsai garden Kisetsu-en (Garden of the changing seasons) is located in Denmark, with a high focus on Shohin and middle-sized bonsai.

Tomohiro Masumi

Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your website and teaching platform Shohin Bonsai Europe! 

I’m very happy and feeling proud that you are teaching and spreading shohin bonsai to all over the world. 

When I visited some countries in Europe around 20 years ago, shohin was still really minor and not so popular.

Shohin is definitely getting popular not only in European countries but many others.

I hope you will keep going and shohin lovers are increasing more and more all over the world.

Thank you very much for your efforts and contribution.

Best Regards, Tomohiro Masumi

Shohin master at Kojuen in Kyoto, Japan


President of All Japan Shohin Bonsai Association


Heike van Gunst

Dear Morten, it is a great joy and honour to congratulate you on 30 years with bonsai and 20 successful years of Shohin-Europe!

You have surely made a very satisfying personal journey, exploring the world of bonsai and shohin, and you have achieved so much. Travelling to many countries of the world, you have shown your expertise and gained valuable experience.

If there is one person in Europe standing out for making shohin bonsai popular, it is you. Your enthusiasm and friendly way of teaching has inspired so many people!

What impresses me particularly is that you don’t only teach techniques, methods and tricks, but show people how to really enjoy the shaping and care of the small trees and appreciate the beauty of shohin consciously. In our fast, hectic times, this is so important and exemplary.

In my first bonsai years, I had some problems keeping the very small plants alive and so I restricted myself to medium-sized trees for several years, although I felt a strong fascination for shohin.

Your first book “Majesty in Miniature – Shohin Bonsai” motivated me in 2007 to give the small trees more attention. Although I still love and have many medium-sized bonsai, shohin and shohin displays have become my special passion. It was a pleasure to translate your second book, “Shohin Through The Seasons” from English into German in 2020. For me, this seems to have closed a circle.

Thank you, Morten, for all the inspiration and information. I wish you all the best for the coming years and decades and hope that you will always continue your great work for shohin bonsai in Europe!

Heike van Gunst

Chief editor of BONSAI ART magazine, Germany



Tony Tickle

Dear Morten

What a fantastic achievement my friend.

We have known each other all these 20 years and more.

Shohin Bonsai has developed across Europe mostly down to your dedication and enthusiasm for the art.

You have studiously and creatively crafted a fabulous collection and shared that knowledge on your learning platform.

Many of your students I know have gone on to create beautiful shohin trees of their own under your guidance.

I know I speak for many in the bonsai community when I say THANK YOU for your efforts and contribution, here is to the next 20 years!

Tony Tickle

Bonsai artist

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Bjorn Bjorholm

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement of 20 years of Shohin Bonsai Europe! 

I remember as a kid in high school viewing your work, reading your articles and being inspired to try making shohin bonsai myself.

I know many folks around the world, young and old, have been inspired by your journey to do the same. Shohin bonsai is one of the most difficult aspects of bonsai art, but you have managed to create many fantastic little trees, often with humble material.

I think this is what gets people excited about your work – it’s accessible, wonderfully presented and inspirational to those with access to simple material.

It’s always a pleasure running into you at various events around the world, and I look forward to the next time we can catch up over bonsai!

Bjorn Bjorholm

Bonsai artist and owner of Eisei-en



Oscar Jonker

Dear Morten

Congratulations on your 20th anniversary!

Thanks for all you have done to build the Bonsai, and Shohin bonsai, community in Europe!

It is a pleasure to work with you and we wish you all the best for the next 20 years – spreading the art of Bonsai as much as possible!

Oscar, Bonsai Empire

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