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!