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26th Annual Nagoya Castle Bonsai Show.

Nagoya Castle is a great place to visit and in my opinion one of the nicest places in Nagoya to host a bonsai exhibition.  There is a lot of foot traffic, it is outdoors and the scenery and atmosphere is really pleasant. This year the…

Bonsai Appreciation: Japanese Black Pine

It’s early autumn here in Japan.  This means it is the start of show season.  There will be plenty of show coverage going around the internet so I thought I’d take a moment to talk about some basic bonsai appreciation. Aichien has a lot of…

Kokufu 85 Tosho.

The photo above is from 2011.  Features a really nice Tosho that competed (but did not win) in Kokufu-ten number 85.  For that last 4 or 5 years it has called Aichein home.  I frequently stop to admire this tree.  A few weeks ago it…

Tips & Tricks: White pine clean up.

Why haven’t there been any Tips & Tricks articles yet?!  Because I just had the idea today, that’s why.  I’ll try to do these occasionally in between the longer articles.  Seems like fun writing to me. It’s late summer here in Nagoya.  This is a…

Follow Up: “Three’s a Crowd” after care.

A little over two weeks ago I posted an article about de-foliating, wiring and styling a triple trunk Japanese Maple. Shortly after this article went out I received a few comments about the timing of the work performed.  The main concern brought to my attention…