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Kyoto

Suiseki

Nature can be seen through these stones

Left: Oeyama Ishi | Width: 40 cm Depth: 21 cm Height: 10 cmMiddle: Trident maple | Height: 60 cm Pot: Reihou ovalRight: Seigaku Ishi | Width: 52 cm Depth: 33 cm Height: 18 cm A collection of masterpiece stones shown at the Taikan-ten Exhibition Suiseki is long thought to go…...


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Pots

Charming chamotte

Discover the diverse styles of Heian Tofukuji We have selected some of the best Tofukuji pots that are highly regarded in the bonsai world. In this selection we will focus on the large to medium-sized pots and those that are crafted, such as painted pots. The rustic appeal of the…...


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Shohin

You can’t own it

The Gafu-ten exhibition brings together those who love these tiny bonsai Every year in January it is time for the major shohin exhibition in Japan, the Gafu-ten. Shohin lovers from all over the country and beyond, gather in the large halls of the Miyako Messe in Kyoto. Here the best…...


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Garden visit

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 of the five most important Zen temples of Kyoto. A special exhibition involving ceramics and…...


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Suiseki

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 up his own business. He currently creates bonsai display tables and he carves daiza for…...


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Display

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 group of both bonsai and suisekienthusiasts who have a strong desire to study and appreciate…...


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Display

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 understood. Contained within that word is a sense of beauty and perspective on nature that…...


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Gallery

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 once the Samurai ruled. Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto, is characterized by low yet imposing grand structures,…...


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