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About japanesepots

I've been collecting Japanese Bonsai pots for a few years, and feel that the famous, and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with a little more writing and exposure in English. Additionally, this blog will feature My own And others bonsai for discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further knowledge of Japanese pottery and Japanese style bonsai. If you have any questions about Japanese bonsai pottery, or would like to acquire pots by some of the potters presented in the blog, feel free to email me at

Ono Gishin

Ono Gishin was born in Sukumo, a castle town, the eldest son of a Tosa clan samurai, Ono Fushikichi, in 1839, and passed away in 1905. As a fifth rank Noble, Gishin was the head of his Village in Tosa, … Continue reading

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Takemoto Hayata

Takemoto Hayata was born Takemoto Masenori In the first year of the Kaei period, 1848. The son of Takemoto Yotoki, a Shogunate Bannerman, he was born into the Samurai class of nobles in the feudal Shogunate system in Tokyo. As … Continue reading

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The Yokohama Guild

In 1973, a meeting at the home of Uchiyama Choju had some very auspicious results. A joint meeting of the Kakkuken Association of wood fired pots and the Tenji Kai Soku Bai(Association for sale and display) ended in argument about … Continue reading

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Bonsai Connect(Reblogged From Bonsai Unearthed)

Bonsai Unearthed This is a new website I’m developing as an information resource and sounding board for everyone from seasoned bonsai veterans to the newest person who thinks bonsai are only available from ephemeral vans on the side of the … Continue reading

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Chops Database

Just a progress report today. The chops Database has been reorganized and everything captioned, to make identification easier. I’ll be finishing up uploading, titling, editing, and captioning the rest of the new chops this week, then it’s back to articles … Continue reading

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Nashville Bonsai Society Regional Expo and Show

Sorry For the lack of posts lately, readers! I’ve been working on updating the chops database, which is a long and arduous process, as there are more than twice as many chops I need to add as what is already … Continue reading

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Kutani Ikko 3

There are several contemporary painters of Bonsai pottery whose works are celebrated and lauded, and rightfully so: Itou Gekkou, Fujikake Yuzan, and Tsukinowa Shousen, just to name a few. But, to my eye, no painter quite comes close to the … Continue reading

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