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SEKI-JOJU

Jerome Kellerhals guides you step by step through the styles of bonsai. This time he creates a root over rock, or Seki-Joju...

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Case History

Revisiting famous bonsai creations

Articles have long been a way of recording the dramatic transformation of trees, showcasing the skills of professionals and giving an insight into the process of bonsai creation ...

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Fundamentals

The apex

Our scrutiny of the essential rules of bonsai concludes by taking a look at the apex, or summit (Atama). It is also one of the significant points of the tree.

Fundamentals

The branches

In a bonsai the two most significant areas are the roots and the trunk. But what about the branches, or eda as they called in Japanese?

Fundamentals

The trunk

The second essential element in bonsai is the trunk, or Kokejun. A trunk should taper to the top and it also determines the movement of the tree.

Fundamentals

The roots

Learn the rules of bonsai and they will always be retained to guide you in whatever task that you wish to perform. To help you understand we’re going to scrutinise a bonsai starting from the root base, moving up to the trunk, the branches and finally the top..

Fundamentals

The choice

How to choose a plant suitable for creating a Bonsai.

Tools

Shiny blades II

Three tools that have a similar appearance: concave cutters, root cutters and trunk splitters. The major difference…

Tools

Shiny blades

How to maintain your precious tools because, just like our bonsai, the tools also need tender care…

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A moyogi juniper

This less than pretty juniper has hidden potential; its almost bare trunk has enough foliage to make an elegant bonsai

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Suiseki

Just imagine

A suiseki, or viewing stone, often seems to resemble a mountain range…

Shohin

Are they twins?

Miura Hiroki (from Miura Baijyu-En nursery) is a specialist in shohin bonsai. Here he improves a double trunk pine that has a hidden quality.

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Masterclass

Can you restyle a Bonsai masterpiece?

Masayuki Fujikawa takes things further by transforming a masterpiece

It is said that a tree displayed at Kokufu has reached a point of completion in a long journey. As the tree grows, finds a new owner, or an artist to care for it, the viewpoint of the tree will gradually change over time.

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