The next Leg of the trip saw us visiting Urushibata San and Taishoen. There are a mad amount of awesome shohin, Chuhin, and Omono bonsai at Taishoen, and it’s definitely a nursery not to be missed!
A few large Shinpaku bonsai…
Killer cascade Shinpaku in development.
Shohin Tosho with some really impressive Ibo-jin.
Broom style Keyaki.
Twisty shohin Shinpaku.
Next up, we met up with Mr. Ken Fujiwara, who prepared Matt’s Kaede thr appeared in Kokufu earlier this year. Mr. Fujiwara apprenticed at Daijuen, and was kind enough to take us on a tour of Daijuen, Shinpukuji Temple, and Aichien.
Daijuen had a large number of world class large pines, in addition to some impressive Tosho and maples.
A few large Pines….
Seas of pines.
Still more seas of pines…
Oceans of pines!
Broom style Keyaki.
Killer base on a multi trunk Maple.
Big root over rock Kaede.
Big an well refined Tosho.
Up next: Fujiwara San shows us around to Shinpukuji Temple and Aichien.
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Aaaaaand now I have to figure out how to fake my death so I can move to Japan without feeling guilty for abandoning my family. Thanks. . . .
I can give you some tips if you’d like. I’ve been working on the same thing….
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Thanks for sharing all these great photos! In the fifth photo under daijuen, is that shade cloth just draped on top of trees? Just curious if this is common practice in Japan.
Sure is. I’ve seen the technique before, and saw it a lot while I was there. On trident maples after cutback and defoliation, needle junipers after cutback, and a couple species that had been recently grafted.
Wow! Your bonsai are all wonderful. Looking at them inspires me to career my hobby in growing bonsai plants. It’s been my hobby on creating my looks just like yours.
Thank you very much for the inspiration. Good luck and keep on inspiring more.