Small Display with Scroll for the New Year

Recently, a friend came by to pick up an antique Chinese pot I had sourced for a Kuromatsu for him, so, since it was still pretty close to the New Year, I used the opportunity to set up a shohin display using a scroll which was a gift.

The scroll depicts the foliage of pine, bamboo, and plum: symbols of strength, long life, resilience, and reawakening in the New Year. May be the only chance I have to use this scroll appropriately for a guest!
The trees are, top to bottom, right to left: Kuromatsu in a Suishoen Hekisui pot, Miyasama Kaede in a Bushuan pot, princess persimmon in a Chinese recent pot, Stewartia in an unmarked Chinese pot, root over rock Kaede in a Reiho pot, dwarf horsetail, Hosta, and local grass “volunteer” kusamono in a Haruyoshi pot, and Kishu Shimpaku in a cultural revolution era Chinese pot.
I grabbed what looked pretty decent out of winter display: not optimal, but I think it came out alright. There is a bit too much blue, in the containers, a bright yellow would really liven up the display if used at the second shelf, and the movement of a couple of the trees is off, but, as it was really a chance to show off the scroll, I’m okay with the flaws.
Just goes to show that creating a good shohin display takes a lot of planning ahead!


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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
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8 Responses to Small Display with Scroll for the New Year

  1. Those are some awesome trees in there. Thanks for taking the time to put them together and snap a picture of great pieces. Stands, pots and trees.

    • japanesepots says:

      Thanks Al! Means a lot! From your intense study of display you know better than anyone that I just grabbed whatever looked good off the benches to show off my old New Years scroll! How often do you get a bonsai guest in the first week of January!?

  2. Brian VF says:

    I hope your guest was sufficiently enthusiastic 😉
    It is a beautiful display all around with some top-shelf material, and it was pleasure to meet you. Looking forward to the next visit!
    Thanks again,

    • japanesepots says:

      The guy I set the display for? No he was a douche Brian. Good thing you came by the same day and enjoyed it ;-). Looking forward to your next visit as well, and hopefully my visit to Birmingham. I’m thinking of bringing that black pine with the surprise deadwood for that other Ryan…what you think?

  3. I am still working towards grabbing a nice shohin pine to put on top of a box stand. I am working on a few, hopefully one will turn out well.

  4. Edward M. says:

    Boy, that Bushuan pot is really something! Really pops but works great with the tree. Thanks for sharing.

  5. House Among The Trees says:

    wow it looks so nice, i love it. 🙂

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