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Japan bonsai

Private Japanese bonsai collections

Private Japanese bonsai collections may not look like how you expect them to look like. Always we watch photos showing great bonsai at Japanese exhibitions, and from professional nurseries. I think many enthusiasts have a belief that all bonsai in Japan are that great. They are not. The level of bonsai Walking the streets of …

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Never sell your bonsai

  You see these beautiful aged bonsai set for sale by private bonsai enthusiasts from time to time. For bonsai pros it is naturally a part of the business. But for private collectors I find it disturbing to see a personal tree set for sale. There can of course be a number of very good …

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The story of the Shimpaku juniper

It´s Secret History (English Translation © WBFF 2003; Original Japanese Text and Photos © Kindai Shuppan Co. 2003). Brought at Shohin-Bonsai Europe with permission. It is astonishing to realize that the Shimpaku juniper so beloved for bonsai culture was first found only a little more than a century ago in Japan. But in that short time, …

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The fifth of five bonsai

The fifth of five bonsai is chosen without shaking on my hands. In this small fun series were I have chosen the five bonsai species among my favourites, the choice is Pine. it also i one of the most difficult trees to succeed as bonsai I find. There is numerous techniques to control the tree …

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Times changes

Times changes refers to the time of year changing, from warmer – colder back to warmer weather again. Confused? So am I 🙂 But typical April behaviour around here. The spring started very mild and a lovely period of warm weather have been present for some weeks. Now it has changed to the somewhat cooler …

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No 411/1755

Behind this not so exiting headline hides a wonderful book, The Collectors Island No 1. The book is printed “Fondazione Cologni Dei Mestieri DÁrte”, an Italian foundation of arts started by a watchmaker. The book is one of a kind (and the first edition) collecting a series of articles about world collectors of art pieces. …

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Kinbon Magazine interview

In the October issue of the Japanese bonsai magazine, Kinbon Magazine, a large article featured Shohin-bonsai expert Tomohiro Masumi  at his tour in Denmark and Russia earlier this summer. Interviews with Morten Albek was a part of the  four pages article covering the Danish Bonsai Society 30 years anniversary exhibition, and personal interview. A big …

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Bonsai Focus with Tomohiro Masumi

In the November/December 2011 issue  of the international  Bonsai Focus magazine, articles with Japanese Shohin-bonsai expert Tomohiro Masumi will be published.I have produced the articles at my latest trip to Japan, and hope you will like the result. Tomohiro Masumi at the Koju-en nursery in Kyoto, Japan.

Japan growth versus northern Europe

Climate has a big influence on the growth. The warmer Japanese climate, high air humidity and long growing seasons make the Japanese bonsai grow with great speed and far quicker than us using the northern hemisphere as base. The shorter growing season here do develop trees in a lower tempo than in Japan. At a …

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Mame-bonsai

Mame-bonsai is growing in popularity like shohin at this time. The prize of the larger trees are going lower and lower, because shohin is growing so much still. A few places are keen to develop mame-bonsai (Mame Bonsai or bean-size bonsai is less than 10 centimetres / 4 inches in height. Also the with must …

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