Tokyo & Omiya – Japan Bonsai Tour 2016

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After arriving in Tokyo, the group visited Kunio Kobayashi’s world famous Shunka-en bonsai museum. Shunka-en is well-known as the home of some of Japan’s best coniferous, deciduous, and seasonal bonsai, including many Kokufu-ten prize winners. One of Mr. Kobayashi’s apprentices … Read More

Kemono (the “Beast”) – Reviving an ancient Japanese Black Pine

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The Japanese term “kemono” (meaning “beast”) really doesn’t even begin to describe the power of this incredible Japanese Black Pine.  At 130cm tall, its impressive size dominants the benches at Kouka-en nursery, dwarfing the trees around it.  This unique specimen … Read More

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