This past week, we had a fantastic new tree show up at Kouka-en: this massive Juniper (Juniperus procumbens). This bonsai has been featured in the Kokufu-ten exhibition twice in the past and was in need of a styling overhaul. The … Read More
We are in full Kokufu-ten preparation mode at Kouka-en in these last two weeks leading up to the event. As happens every year, it’s a mad dash to the finish line, making sure that everything is in order. This not … Read More
It’s been a hectic autumn/winter season here in Japan. The Taikan-ten exhibition in November was a huge success and we’ve finally moved into the colder winter months, which means the work pace at the nursery is now slowing down a … Read More
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It’s always a pleasure spending time at Bonsai Sense in Mallorca, Spain. Not only is Mallorca itself beautiful, but the trees are incredible, the food is superb, and the people are like extended family. This is my third stint at … Read More
This follow-up to the previous post about repotting in summer features the time-lapse video of this Sonare Juniperus procumbens. The bonsai arrived at Kouka-en nursery in Osaka back in May 2016. Unfortunately, I was on a teaching tour in Europe and the … Read More
Can you repot a bonsai in the summer? It’s a question I’m often asked, and the short answer is yes…sometimes. There are many factors to consider when deciding if a bonsai can be repotted in the summer heat. These include the purpose, … Read More
It’s your last chance to sign up for our January 2017 Gafu-ten Japan Bonsai Tour! Apply before the August 1st deadline, and join us on an adventure through Japan. You will be guided to the Gafu-ten all shohin bonsai exhibition … Read More
Culture Japan’s rich cultural heritage permeates every aspect of modern life, from the daily interactions of folks on the streets to the way dinner is served at local eateries. Attention to detail, appreciation of subtle beauty, and impeccable customer service are … Read More
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Tosho is perhaps my least favorite species to work with in bonsai culture. Not only is it a fickle species, often dropping branches unexpectedly, but the pain and frustration in wiring … Read More
The “Bonsai Intermediate Course” was published a few days ago and the first independent reviews are here: “I can only recommend to everybody who is serious about bonsai or who thinks of becoming serious to enroll.” Walter Pall “The video … Read More
Our Summer Japan Bonsai Tour 2016 went off without a hitch. The intimate group size made for an extra special experience and closer access to some of Japan’s most famous bonsai artists and professionals, including Mr. Kimura and Mr. Kobayashi, … Read More
The “Bonsai Intermediate Course” is here! And now open for pre-enrollment, which entitles you to a 50% discount if you act quickly. SIGN UP HERE! This expansive online tutorial builds upon the previous Bonsai Beginner’s Course and features … Read More
I’ve been on the road for three straight months now, finally winding down this week before heading home to Japan. In the past few weeks in the US and Mexico, I’ve had the pleasure of working on dozens of fantastic … Read More