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Masterclass

Is this the same tree?

Masahiko Kimura completely re-invented it with a turn and by bending the top. Simple ingredients, but when utilised by Kimura they make masterly work...


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It’s a blast!

Mauro Stemberger styles a sabina juniper using a sandblaster...


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Styling

Going up front

Don't hide what is good, Takuya Suzuki turns things around...


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Masterclass

From Shikoku ?

Hidden by very overgrown and dense foliage, a Japanese Juniper is restyled by Bjorn Bjorholm who brings it to an even higher level.


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Styling

Yamadori giant

The late Serge Clémence was a real bonsai Master, who mainly worked on yamadori trees. His bonsai, all dug up by himself and carried on his back down the mountainside, have become iconic works. ..

Winter

Bonsai in winter

The last leaves have fallen and winter takes everything into a deep rest. Is there anything we should do to protect our trees?


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Step by Step

The most popular Juniper

It's almost needless to say that junipers are the most popular material for bonsai. They can withstand lots of work done in a short period of time....


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Masterclass

Achieve a natural flow

Master Kimura follows the character of the tree to convert a very raw piece of material into a splendid bonsai.


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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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Step by Step

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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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

Technique

Split in two

Yoshihiko Moriyama's transformation of a juniper by using an electric saw


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Masterclass

At your own risk

Italian, Alessandro Bonardo, now 24, has been an apprentice under Mr Kimura for 6 years and in May 2022, it was formally announced that he had graduated. Within the garden he is affectionately known as Aless. Mr Kimura prepared a tree, an unusually shaped Miyajima white pine for this demo,

Styling

Taming the wild

It is really easy to create a magnificent bonsai if you start from raw material with great potential. There are those trees that at first glance already have the right look. You only have to use the appropriate techniques to make that tree into a high-level bonsai.


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Spring

The key branch

The material used here is a Satsuki. It is a twin trunk and there are two apicies, but without a clear and obvious overall direction. The first thing to do will be to determine the front of the tree and work from there.


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Masterclass

The crazy rock

Something completely different: Mauro Stemberger creates the rock pine


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