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Taiwan

Pots

Sansui, birds and beasts

Reijaku from Taiwan, is the artist who knows all about Japan’s favourite paintings and creates beauty with her own work. In recent years, the popularity of painted pots has increased. In January 2010, a Taiwanese artist won the painting section of the Contemporary Small Pot Artists Exhibition with a beautiful…...


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Profile

Post-apocalyptic

The fascinating bonsai world of Laurent Darrieux. Laurent Darrieux has practised bonsai for more than three decades. His work speaks of a unique approach, non-conformist and somewhat rebellious, too. What was your professional education? Like many artists, my education has taken a rather jerky path. I first went to cookery…...


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Shohin

Show time

Spring is the time that many bonsai shows arrive on the scene. Here are some tips to get your trees prepared. With guidance of Hiroki Miura, Japanese popstar, Ayaka Yamamoto, learns how to prepare a shohin display step by step. Changing the pot for an exhibition Beniotome is one of…...


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Styling

Power lifting

Bonsai material so large it needs to be lifted by crane, yet that doesn’t mean it has no character. The deadwood and trunk have superb movement and the skeleton of the branch structure has had work put into it. Its height just about fits in the large bonsai category. Material…...


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Gallery

Hseih Wen Fu

Mr Hseih Wen Fu has been a Master of juniper bonsai in Taiwan for more than 30 years and is well known in the bonsai community. Only recently has the bonsai business become profitable and he has a large debt to repay. He supplements his income by working on clients’…...


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Masterclass

Hungry to learn

Salvatore Liporace reworks one of his finest bonsai. The first styling of this Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargenti’ has a long history which goes back 20 years when its top was 40 cm higher. Gradually it was pulled down with guy wires to create a more compact tree. The amazing spiralling trunk…...


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Tree guide

Ficus

Figs are keystone species in many tropical forest ecosystems. Figs have figured prominently in some human cultures, such as Buddhism, objects of worship and many practical uses. For bonsai they are a great source of material with many style options Majestic appearance Ficus are exceptionally interesting trees. Their appearance grabs

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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 a tour laid on to visit the best bonsai nurseries and the Masters of Taiwan…...


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