There are awards given at Noelanders Trophy and EBA as it is a tradition. Within the next days (starting sometime next week after a work travel to Berlin), I will comment on some of the entries. That will not be a judging, but a description of selected displays where I hope the words can give something extra to the experience of viewing a shohin display.
It is important to differ between a display set up for a competition exhibition, and a private or a tokonoma display. The exhibition display has to do with presenting the trees for judging best possible. The overall display must be in harmony and each tree be in best possible condition appealing and convincing the viewer.
A private or a tokonoma display is set up for a different viewing experience. It has not the goal of impressing as its main purpose, but still telling a story, often more silently. Here trees might be used that are not of the same character as the ones chosen for an exhibition and to be judged. It can be a tree with a more downplayed expression and a much more melancholic expression. Competitions often forces more colour and a vibrant expression than the tokonoma display. The tokonoma display is oppositely requiring a more silent and peaceful show of nature and the time of year, and in a freer form than the traditional used at exhibitions. It might even be almost vanishing and humble in its expression.
To the shohin winners at Noelanders and EBA 2017. Classic 7 point displays was chosen. Again it is Rita and Mark Cooper who wins (third time in a row) the prestigious first place at Noelanders. Congratulations 🙂
Noelanders nominee goes to Jose Acuna Croz.
The EBA awarded Bruno Wijman for a simple shohin display.
Making new friends and meeting old ones might sound like a cliche, but it was very true at this years Noelanders Trophy in Genk, Belgium. The exhibition this time added the EBA exhibition and a number of 220 displays could be seen. A great variety of trees, and many interesting displays. Meeting new Shohin people, and re-meeting some of the many bonsai people around Europe is a joy. Here some impression outside the exhibition area. You can see the Shohin-bonsai displays here.
With special permission from The Noelanders Trophy organisation are here most of the Shohin-bonsai displays from this years exhibition in Genk, Belgium. The displays were part of the Noelanders Trophy and the EBA 2017 meeting.
2016 is running out slowly, and we are going to enjoy Christmas time here. Weather is bonsai friendly, so i still enjoy bringing a bonsai to the outdoor Tokonoma build this summer. One of the things that happened in 2016 was moving to our new place at the countryside, now living among large trees with views over the fields. A new garden is established and progressing really fine.
2016 was a busy year travelling. India once, and twice I went to Germany doing workshops. Also events at home, doing our traditional exhibition at the Japanese Gardens with Fuchi Bonsai, and a shohin workshop at Keyaki Bonsai Klub in Copenhagen.
2017 will be active as well, first of all going to Noelanders and EBA in February and other events in Denmark will follow. Thanks everybody for following the website/blog, Facebook and Instagram. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
A few pictures from the year 2016 below.
Photoshoot for a coffee table book.
Light pruning of the branches to refine the early structure.