Haruyosi shohin display

There are many ways of setting up a shohin-bonsai display. Haruyosi from Japan has permitted that I share some of his Facebook and blog content to share experiences and his efforts with shohin-bonsai. I find this kind of sharing valuable because it opens our minds for other views than the common established way of seeing and perceiving.

In this example it is tested how a shohin-bonsai display works with the items available.

Firts a test of setting up two bonsai at the main position (right) and a secondary tree (left) - afterwards changed.

Firts a test of setting up two bonsai at the main position (right) and a secondary tree (left) – afterwards changed.

It shown to be difficult because the impression changes depending on how the trees are placed.  It changes also the depth of the display how the other items are placed, and even small changes can make a great difference.

It shows – after the two trees have changed position – to be difficult because the impression changes depending on how the trees are placed. It changes also the depth of the display how the other items are placed, and even small changes can make a great difference.

Here several items are prepared, and pieces are tried in different positions to see what works best.

Here several items are prepared, and pieces are tried in different positions to see what works best.

The final display so far. The display balance is good, and what is on hand is used. There is not the luxury of choosing among a lot of trees, because we have to use what is available.

The final display so far. The display balance is good, and what is on hand is used. There is not the luxury of choosing among a lot of trees, because we have to use what is available.

This example shows how the display is set up by choosing among trees at hand. It is set up by the use of trees from a personal collection, without making use of rented trees or pots, or assistance from a nursery. It is a good lesson in dealing with a shohin-bonsai display trying different possibilities, and observing how it changes the expression by changing simple elements. Try it at home 🙂

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