Category Archives: Trees

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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Baking 101(this is not what you think)

So, most of you probably know that I’m a professional Chef. There are some advantages to this job, but very few of them are bonsai related. But there is one. And it involves….POO! That’s right, Poo. Poo balls, or cakes, … Continue reading

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Trees Go Up For Sale On Facebook

A close friend of mine recently found out that he has pancreatitis. It’s severe, and he needs some pretty expensive procedures. He has no other way to come up with his deductible other than selling off some of his best … Continue reading

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Nihon de Hajimete:Part 1, Kaede Bonsai En, Shofuen, And Yamatoen

Kaede Bonsai En Before our flight out to Japan, I took advantage of the(extraordinarily rare for a Chef like me) time I forced off to spend a day at Kaede Bonsai-En, with the organizer of this little adventure, Matt Ouwinga. … Continue reading

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Nihon de Hajimete, or, Busting the Japanese Cherry(Prelude)

Japan: It’s every Bonsai fanatic’s dream. While I’ve been doing Bonsai for 6 years, it’s only in the last 3 that I’ve become serious about the art. From the first images I saw of Japanese bonsai in Kokufu albums and … Continue reading

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Semi-Cascade Black Pine and Bjorn

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take a workshop with visiting bonsai artist, Bjorn Bjorholm. Last year, around this time, I spent another day working with Bjorn, and it was a pleasure, so I couldn’t pass up another … Continue reading

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WTF! Spring!? And Kokufu Ten.

Last year was an El Niño year, so the unseasonably warm and early February arrival of spring wasn’t very unexpected to me. I waited through February, March, and early April on tiptoes, ready to rush out and protect the trees … Continue reading

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