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Gallery

A Bonsai paradise

A selection of the amazing bonsai from the Bonsai San show in France

Shohin

Winning touches

Morten Albek takes time to go through some of the shohin displays at the Nöelanders Trophy.


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Summer

Growth never stops

Maintenance work on a mountain cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) During summer you need to deal with the dead leaves formed inside the branches of this very dense-growing conifer. They are removed to prevent ‘stuffiness’. This is a mandatory task every year at this time.The appearance of the tree that Ayaka Yamamoto…...


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Styling

Can this become a bonsai?

Garden material can be most interesting for bonsai. It can also be very challenging because it was not really grown for bonsai purposes. Bruno checks out a garden hinoki cypress to see if it can be made into a good-looking bonsai. This tree originated from a garden centre some time…...


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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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Workshop

Just a simple line up?

Nobuichi Urushibata creates a rock planting with cheap material. Making a group planting on a rock with inexpensive material is the goal here. Bonsai Master, Nobuichi Urushibata, Taisho-en Nursery, has much expertise in growing and applying advanced techniques, such as grafting and air layering. This time he shows us how…...


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Interview

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 Omiya Bonsai Village, where Saburo Kato, the chairman of the Nippon Bonsai Association and Hiroshi…...


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