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All your senses - Art and bonsai meet in one of Kyoto’s famous temples We visited the wonderful Ryousoku-in, or Kennin-ji, Temple in Kyoto. This is a historic Zen Buddhist temple near Gion. It is considered to be one […]
Right place, right time - Sami Amdouni’s passion for smaller-sized pots By chance, Sami’s interest for bonsai pottery was sparked while waiting in the car. He now mostly creates pots for shohin with an eye for detail. How did you […]
It changed my life - Andrei Bessonov followed his dreams by learning bonsai from Kimura As a small town boy Andrei was already much into plants, but a bonsai calendar lead him to becoming an apprentice of the world famous […]
Lorem Ipsum - …or why sometimes you need to get rid of the tree to see the bonsai Ofer Grunwald does not fear the experiment. With a sculpture created from an image of a bonsai, he examines the […]
Flower festival - Satsuki-festival in Utsunomiya, Japan If you happen to visit Japan during the period when satsuki are in bloom, you should visit the satsuki festivals. The most well known of these is in Kanuma, but there […]
Cats Paws - Kusamono is a different type of bonsai With the guidance of Hiroki Miura (Miura Baijyu-en), Japanese popstar, Ayaka Yamamoto, is introduced to the world of Kusamono. Kusamono is a form of bonsai where a grass […]
Why sharing? - Sharing was the theme at the 13th edition of the International Bonsai & Suiseki event or, in short, the Crespi Cup. The International bonsai & Suiseki meeting has become one of the most important and […]
Another world - Hervé Dora, the ‘Best New Style’ winner at Bonsai San Saulieu (FR) 2019 had an education in art and philosophy, which explains his different approach to bonsai. What was your training? I have Beaux-Arts training […]
Charity bonsai - On the 22, 23 and 24 November 2019, the 3rd Bonsai Charity Exhibition, organized by the Club Amigos del Bonsai de Parla, was held in Parla, Madrid. As you see in the photographs, we exhibited […]
The garden team - A group of French bonsai enthusiasts teamed up to visit one another’s bonsai gardens The Mitomo Team is a bonsai group that uses the summer period to visit one another’s gardens. It is an opportunity […]
Hands on - The bonsai passion of Antony Smith Antony was instantly hooked when given a bonsai. All things changed from that moment What was your training? I studied Landscape Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology in […]
Little show offs - Can orchids be just like bonsai? Growing epiphytic orchids is an art in its own right, especially in Japan.Epiphytes are plants that grow anchored to other plants, they can grow on the trunks of trees, […]
Little Kokufu - A ‘small’ show with large impact The II UBE Bonsai Exhibition was held at the famous venue of the Royal Site of Aranjuez, near Madrid, on 24 to 26 January last and it was officially […]
Traditionalist? - Sean Smith sticks with the formal style of Japanese art In 1994 Sean Smith took his 25-year passion for bonsai and suiseki, plus his extensive background in carpentry and put all them together to start […]
My mistakes are torched - The bonsai tables of Doug Mudd ‘The table should reflect the age of the bonsai,’ says perfectionist Doug who works on wood with the knowhow to create the best results. How did it all start? […]
Little Masterpiece - Things went shohin crazy at the 5th edition of the Shohin Festival The world of shohin returned to Crespi Bonsai in Parabiago, Milan, from 21st to 23rd of February. During the 5th edition of the […]
Positively viral - The spirit of ‘The Trophy’ was not infected by the coronavirus, it may even have made it stronger. An impression of The Trophy, the International Bonsai Show held over the weekend of 29 February/1st of […]
Rush hour - Spring time is rush hour for repotting your bonsai, but choosing the right pot cannot be hurried. Spring arrives and it is the ideal time to repot your bonsai. Mostly it’s necessary, but it is […]
On the tatami - Bonsai exhibited in traditional Japanese rooms surrounded by mountains and forests puts bonsai in the right perspective. The 10th Genkoukai exhibition is a small-scale show that renders one humble and serene. The Genkoukai is a […]
Red moods - Diepenbeek, Belgium, the first weekend in November 2019, the triannual show of the Eda Uchi Kai bonsai club initiated by Jean Paul Polmans. Thanks to Mario Komsta who arranged the exceptional displays and high quality […]
A shari never shown - European Bonsai-san Show Saulieu (FR) At the 7th edition of the European Bonsai-san Show in Saulieu, Bonsai Focus magazine aimed to look for a bonsai which stands out in style, meaning that the tree itself […]
Kickstarter Bonsai book - Pacific Bonsai Museum launches a kickstarter book We are excited to announce that we launched our Kickstarter to publish our first-ever book about our collection: A Gallery of Trees: Living Art of Pacific Bonsai Museum. […]
Bonsai on the red carpet - An impression of the Bonsai-san Show which was held in the weekend of 12 – 13 October 2019, Saulieu, France. Guest of Honour Mauro Stemberger. Demonstrations were held by Bjorn Bjorholm (USA), Jan Culek (CZ) […]
Wood never Dies - Portland (USA) based woodworker, Austin Heitzman seeks inspiration from ancient trees I have been attempting bonsai for just as long as I have been a professional woodworker. When contacted about commissioning a bonsai stand, I […]
Native species are cool - The AABC 2019 convention, the very first major event of its kind, focused entirely on Australian native species. The trees on display did not disappoint. Native trees of all shapes, species and sizes were there, […]
Forced to find solutions - The only regret Manuel Germade has is the fact that he did not go to Japan much earlier. A couple of years ago he officially graduated as a bonsai Master and he now finds his […]
Carved mud - Ceramist Jonathan Cross creates pots in the desert Jonathan Cross creates ancient looking sculptures and pots, which may even sometimes look like architecture. All seem to come from a kind of post-apocalyptic aesthetic imagery. His […]
University of Bonsai - The 13th edition of ‘Bonsai van het Westen’ was held again in the Botanical Garden of Delft University of Technology. With a record number of visitors and perfect weather we were given two days to […]
Tempted to give up - Making pots came along a bumpy road Matjaž Raimondi and Nastja Legvart have just jumped into the big adventure of making pots for bonsai. They had no clue as to why this happened, but knew […]
A consistent club - The ‘Midden Nederland‘ Bonsai Association annual show in Leersum NL. They are one of the most active societies in Holland, the show is always a guarantee for high quality bonsai. Fine displays with shohin and […]
Kanuma crazy - Janine Droste revisits the Mecca of satsuki bonsai If you say Kanuma you at once think of satsuki. Satsuki, or Rhododendron indium, is one of the most popular bonsai varieties cultivated in Japan. Needless to […]
Ice-age suiseki - The stone hunter of Britain. Here Alan Harriman reveals the various aspects of suiseki in a way that will encourage you to regard it as a hobby. Hunting for stones yourself will provide you with […]
Keep ideas flowing… - For Walter Venne every bonsai exhibition is like a gallery where an artist can exhibit their work. Through such exhibitions Walter’s pots have found their way into the hands of many bonsai enthusiasts and Masters. […]
Part-time ‘deshi’ - Paolo Nastasi travelled to the land of the rising sun to deepen his knowledge Years ago there was no tradition of going to Japan to improve one’s knowledge. However, times have changed… Taisho-en, run by […]
Between the rocks - Christophe Hager’s spruce was a sensation at the Mulhouse BCI of 2018 A spruce from the mountains had much potential and was growing with great fervour. However, when its design became dull Christophe sought a […]
The home of display - The essence of bonsai display Through the gate one enters into another world of bonsai Display in a traditional setting, the esoteric mysteries of Japanese beauty. Throughout the world the word ‘Bonsai’ is used and […]
Make the most of it - The ceramic journey of Victor Harris. Victor just dropped by a local bonsai show and was fascinated by it. From that moment things moved fast and when his bonsai became more mature, making pots was […]
Jerome Kellerhals - Born in: SwitzerlandMarried to: Mariannjely MarvalChildren: Our 3 dogsEducation: The Hotel Management School, SwitzerlandProfession: Bonsai artist and owner of The Bonsai SupplyInto bonsai since: Forever! I was born into bonsai, my Mom used to live […]
The 6th US National show - The US National Bonsai Exhibition is the creation of Bonsai Master William Valavanis, supported by a vast team of volunteers. The first exhibition was held back in October 2008 and has continued bi-annually since then. […]
Samurai & Bonsai - On the 150th anniversary of the restoration of Imperial rule, bonsai is displayed at the former capital. An outdoor exhibition is quite rare, even when it’s at a scenic site like the Nijo-jo castle, where […]
The call for bonsai art criticism - The first experiment of Pacific Bonsai Museum’s two-year-long project, the LAB (Living Art of Bonsai), has been run and the results are the unnerving of the artists. Pacific Bonsai Museum’s Curator Aarin Packard asked three, […]
A large Scots - One of the amazing bonsai from the collection of Mauro Stemberger, the Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). A massive tree with such refined branch setting and small needles. Maybe soon on one of the Big Events […]
Peter in Sweden - This year the Swedish Bonsai Society’s annual Bonsai Event took place in the Culture Centre in Västra Frölunda, between 27-28 of May. The society is not very big, comprising about 100 members, but we are […]
The ‘all in one’ show - An unique event at the Folie Fleur Mulhouse, France It was a spectacular show were many bonsai events came together in the town of Mulhouse in the north east of France; The BCI (Bonsai Clubs […]
Northwest Rendezvous - The Bonsai Society of Portland and Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association presented the 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous this month in Milwaukie, Oregon. The event was a big success! Three days of workshops, critiques, and demonstrations made the time […]
Stones and paint - The Suiseki Art of Mas Nakajima
The emperor of Bonsai - The 21st HWA Bonsai exhibition in Taiwan Farrand Bloch was invited by Kim Sae Won, Korean bonsai promoter in Asia, to attend the big national bonsai show in Taiwan. It was a full programme with […]
That’s no ‘Mame’ - Making Big Pots In Jingdezhen – Zhenshang Ceramics Discover how the giant pots of Jingdezhen are made. Zhenshang is well known for working with International and Chinese artists to manufacture unique custom designed porcelain and […]
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Bonsai Namaste - Three women from India began dreaming about a huge bonsai event with more than 1000 bonsai on display. This dream started more than 8 years ago. February 22-26 2018 it was finally realized. After much […]
Bonsai down under - Tony Tickle visits the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection in Canberra, Australia and hopes it will inspire other countries to consider their own collections. If you visit the website Trip Advisor and search ‘Things to do […]
The aim for perfection led José to Japan - José Guerao Navarro’s own pottery didn’t satisfy him and so he went to Japan to become an apprentice at the studio of famous potter Youkizou Nakano who lives in Tokoname. When I started with bonsai, […]
Five days in Shikoku - Patric Bosc went on a Japanese tour of discovery. Patrick: ‘On the invitation of Mr Kohei Kubota from Anabuki Travel Agency and Mr Takahiro Miyazaki of the Japanese Transports Administration, I visited Shikoku in October. […]
Rock climbing in a bonsai garden - David Benavente lives his dream with a garden full of bonsai.Hidden in the mountains just a few minutes’ drive from Madrid, David Benavente has his dream bonsai garden. It’s a well laid out garden with […]
Never fix a screw into a bonsai - Viet Luan Tran (40) went to Germany in 1979, son of a high ranking army officer at West Point. He and his family had arrived as Vietnam War refugees. ‘I feel neither Vietnamese nor German. What I can say is I wear Vietnamese roots and Germany is my home.’ Bonsai is his passion, his guide for life....
On being a deshi in Shunka-en - A professional gardener, German Valentin Brose’s love of bonsai drew him to Japan to learn more about this fascinating art. So he decided to quit his job and went to work for famous Master, Kunio Kobayashi. He soon found out that life as a student is somewhat different ...
The Bonsai Ballerina - Jennifer Price discovered bonsai 8 years ago after retiring as a professional ballerina. She had the opportunity to study with long-time friend and teacher, Jim Doyle and, through Jim’s influence, went to work with artists […]
The ‘ROOKIE’ potter… - Natural talent, Roy Minarai (USA), has only very recently entered the world of bonsai pottery. Can you tell us, Roy, how you got into bonsai pottery? What got me interested in bonsai to begin with was […]
Should I be born again…. - It is hot midsummer in Japan, and beneath the cooling air of the air conditioner, we meet with Masahiko Kimura to talk about his feeling for bonsai. Kimura lives twenty minutes by car from the […]