The next morning had us up bright and early to visit Fujikawa Kouka-en. If you’re reading this blog, chances are good that you’re a hobbyist advanced enough to be very familiar with Fujikawa San, the nursery, and the wonderful videos created there by Bjorn Bjornholm. You are also probably familiar with American professional Owen Reich, Maeoka San, David Martinez, and probably even many of the trees at the nursery.
If you are Not, head over to the YouTube as soon as you are done reading here and spend a couple of days watching them! And while you’re at it, stop by Owen’s and Bjorn blogs as well.
The Bonsai Art of Japan
Bjorvala Bonsai Studio
Owen’s Bonsai Unearthed
Fujikawa San was a gracious host, and had Bjorn guide us throughout the the nursery, despite his workload of a very large and impressive hinoki undergoing an air layer.
So, let’s check out some trees! I’m going to split these up by category, because there are a lot of photos: overviews and feature shots, Junipers, pines and other Conifers, deciduous and broadleaf evergreens, and deadwood and close ups.
Feature Shots and Overviews
Bjorn’s work of the day, a client’s hinoki cypress undergoing an air layer. I’m sure he would’ve been much farther along than those lowest branches if hasn’t had to stop work every thirty seconds to translate and show us around!
As Bjorn explains, In the background, you’ll see the bars of what is affectionately referred to as “the jail” where specimen trees are housed; a remnant of the bonsai boom years where tree prices were so high that theft was an issue.
Pines and Other Conifers
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And I’ll finish up with a final shot of that Shishigashira maple from earlier.
I can’t stress enough how great it was to visit Fujikawa Kouka-en. If your trip to Japan takes you within half a days travel of Osaka, it’s not to be missed!
I’ve known and dealt with Rie Aketo San at Yoshoen for a couple of years now, and it was nice to finally see the garden. Yoshoen is more like a big-box store than many of the other nurseries we visited, with an incredibly impressive array of bonsai, of many many species, and every size. While Yoshoen doesn’t boast the most historical of pottery selections, they definitely boast the largest!
Nice Hokaidachi Zelcova
I’ve long enjoyed browsing Miura San’s website for pics of shohin bonsai, and it was nice to see the nursery in person. It’s interesting, some nurseries show the least online, yet have the largest stocks around! Miura Baijuen boasted an impressive array of shohin bonsai, pots, stands, and suiseki.
And we’ll finish up today with this weird citrus. It’s some type of contorted dwarf kumquat, in a Koyo pot. Never seen IT before! Branches were much more coarse than the popular Kinzu, but the wild herringbone growth is very unique and interesting. Yet another variety to add to the list!
Thanks for reading! Up next, we visit some fellow Americans(and Shinji Suzuki’s nursery….) as well Iura San and Shoujuen(watch out MABA!) one of the highlights of my trip!
Stay tuned, I’ll have that next post up by Friday!