• LIVE Juniper Saturday at 11 AM CET

    Junipers are flexible in winter and therefore the timing is perfect for any wiring and rearranging of branches. We look into both adjustments on a shohin Juniperus Itoigawa and the natural styling of a medium-sized Juniperus chinensis. In bonsai, there are some work time windows…

  • LIVE Black Pine styling + Q&A

    LIVE Black Pine styling + Q&A: Thursday, January 26 at 8 PM (CET) +1 / 20:00 Live styling of a Japanese Black Pine, where we look into aesthetics and balancing a tree prepared over the past two seasons. During the live demo, you can use…

  • Shohin Deshojo maple

    The Deshojo maple with its wonderful purple-red leaves is a pure joy to watch. Now naked the tree stands as every other maple, and shows no difference noticeable. The Deshojo is for spring and autumn exhibitions when the colors are full. Often we speak about…

  • Summer Tokonoma display

    After a good rain all night and morning the sky cleared and the sun is back. Time well spent setting up a summer display at the Tokonoma. A summer display presenting a European Birch, Betula pendulla. Although still needing a bit of development a display…

  • Leaves changes within the minute

    The tender new spring growth is to be enjoyed instantly. because especially Japanese maple leaves change rapidly. Almost within the minute. Or at least from one day to the next. One of the things I enjoy about bonsai is the timeless feeling they express when…

  • Kisetsu-en bonsai news for 2022

    A new year approaches after we have celebrated Christmas time and/or enjoyed some well deserved holidays. A special thanks to nurses and doctors who work hard to get us safely through the Covid pandemic. Also, the Covid have changed our online habits and we are…

  • Kifu size matters

    Usually, we say that the seasons end when we enter wintertime and trees are packed away more or less. But at the same time, we enter a new season of activities. During winter there still is a lot we can do. Work on coniferous especially…

  • WE LOVE SHOHIN BONSAI

    Yes. Just needed to spell it out in capital letters, because Shohin bonsai is just fun to work with and beautiful to watch. The online bonsai school at Kisetsu-en covers all kinds of bonsai, but I think it is the regular online teaching bonsai school…

  • Online bonsai beginner experiences

    The other day at an exhibition I heard one of my local students talk about the online learning experience. Not a young man as you might expect, but a retired man now putting all his energy and love into bonsai. What he told another guest…