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Masterclass

Father and Son

The Sanriku junipers: Father and Son Omachi work on yamadori trees


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Workshop

Pop or rock?

Pop star Shintaro Akiyama jumps into the deep when creating a rock planting in cooperation with Kunio Kobayashi and Osamu Fukudate of Shunkaen


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Technique

Rock school

How to create rock plantings: A basic guide


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Technique

Trick of the master

Grafting techniques taught by bonsai Masters to improve your bonsai These techniques can all boosts the quality of your bonsai. Grafting, approach grafting and some simple bending are are just a few of the options available. Let these Masters inspire you to change the level of your trees. Transformation by…...


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Shohin

Grow ’em yourself

Nobuichi Urushibata shows how you can use juniper cuttings In Japan, material for shohin is mostly grown from cuttings, seed or by air layering. The junipers shown here come from cuttings, which is one of the best methods for creating shohin. Creating a group planting on a vertical stone A…...


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Step by Step

Cold and warm

Using rocks to create a landscape, or as an alternative to a pot. With the guidance of shohin expert, Hiroki Miura (Miura Baijyu-en, Osaka) the Japanese popstar, Ayaka Yamamoto, learns how to create a rock landscape. The rock. Width: 17 cm Depth: 11 cm Height: 13 cm A number of…...


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Workshop

Pimped juniper

A dull juniper is matched with a rock full of character A rather dull juniper can become very striking when a rock with lots of character is added, Nishikawa Tomoya (Shirasagi-en, Himeji) shows how that is done. Chuhin-sized semi-cascade and a standing rock. Over recent years rock planting and other…...


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Shohin

Acer deshojo

Simple adjustments can make a big difference Kenichi Suzuki (Onari-en) is very much into shohin-size bonsai. With simple material he demonstrates how you can change the design by adjusting the planting angle, or the pot. Deshojo maple on rock A tree planted on a rock that Kenichi Suzuki acquired last…...


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Technique

Cherry on the rocks

The challenge is to create a finished tree starting from scratch How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods withinteresting and unusual species. With the help of illustrations we will see how to take a piece of material through to completion. Prunus lannesiana A deciduous broad-leaved small or…...


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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 more daring approach. During the Mulhouse BCI event this new daring was rewarded by the…...


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Design Sketch

Off the wall

Jan Culek sketches options for the juniper of John Rigg John: ‘I had this tree in the garden for about 17 years. It has lots of curving branches with partial deadwood. I have been working on the tree for some time, having planted it in this exceptional pot. The front…...


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