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 Nagoya Castle bonsai show marked its 26th year. It was a 3 day show starting Friday October 18th and ending Sunday October 20th. While not as large as many of the other shows in Japan, the Nagoya Castle show is really fun and boasts several really nice trees. Since this is a small show there is a great variety of trees and skill levels. From hobbyists to professionals. Good to keep in mind while scrolling the photos.
In this article I’ll take you through a photo tour of the entire show from the first to the last tree. Full coverage. I’ve focused solely on the trees with out their accents due to the arrangement of the display for the trees. There was a lot of bars and pipes blocking the displays, so getting a nice shot of the entire composition is nearly impossible. A few displays had very nice shohin trees used as accent plants. In these cases I included the accent in the photo tour. My time for photos was limited, I had only enough time for 1 shot per tree. No room for error. Some of the photos came out great, others not so great. Luckily, whatever weakness there is in the quality will certainly be made up with the quantity.
Enjoy the show, and if you are ever in Nagoya I highly recommend visiting the castle.
Thats the show! I think it was a success!! This show for me is particularly fun because it exists entirely for the love of bonsai. Many of the other shows I have been to have a strong feeling of bonsai but also have a very strong feeling of money, competition, politics and a few other things that go along with any high level bonsai exibition. The Nagoya castle show has more of a feeling of community, friendship and pure love for the art form. Thats cool.
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