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Buddha & Bonsai: Shimpukugi Temple bonsai show coverage.

Nestled in the bamboo covered hills just 45 minutes outside of Nagoya City, there’s a small town named Shimpukugi-Chu.  It’s a town built around (and named after) a magnificent Buddhist temple.  A temple and surrounding scenery that easily fits a westerners daydreams of what Japan…

Styling Notes: Identifying problem areas and taking action.

When styling trees there are always problems to be solved.  Each tree is a bit like a puzzle.  If the pieces are in their proper place you can see the picture clearly.  Anyone who has ever attempted to style a tree knows what it’s like…

23rd annual Goman-Goku Bonsai Exibition

The Goman Goku bonsai show is hosted by Daijuen bonsai nursery at a performance theater in Okazaki Japan.  2013 marks the events 23rd year. It’s a small show, however the quality of trees is quite high in comparison to many regional bonsai shows of this…

Autumn at Aichien.

It’s Autumn in Nagoya and I’ve really been enjoying the cool weather, lack of mosquitos and beautiful leaves here at Aichien.  It only seems fair that I share some photos.  Most of these are from around the yard at Aichien.  A couple of photos are…

Styling work. Japanese Black Pine.

Now that the weather is cooling down in Nagoya it is a perfect time to wire and style pines and junipers.  Mr. Tanaka has plenty of both here at Aichien, so my fellow apprentices and I have been very busy.  At this time in the…