It feels so good to be able to make this announcement! After so many years on the road, away from the US, living in Japan, traveling the world teaching bonsai, we are finally settling down in Nashville, TN. More specifically, … Read More
I’m often asked “How many trees do you think you’ve worked on over the years?” to which the only appropriate response is “I’ve lost count.” There are a few trees, though, that I’ve had the privilege of designing that have … Read More
It’s been a hectic month this July – Nashville, Knoxville, Asheville, Denver and Norway. Needless to say, I’ve had a difficult time keeping up with the vlog updates here on my website. Have no fear, though…the latest three vlogs are … Read More
Vlog #32 is ready for your viewing pleasure and features work on a private bonsai collection with a special connection to my time in Japan. Enjoy!
Nanxi and I have finally made the move to Nashville, TN! While we’re still in the process of searching for a home and property on which to build the nursery and school, we have settled into a temporary location in … Read More
Vlog #30 is available for your viewing pleasure. This time, we head to Toronto, Ohio, and Minnesota for some bonsai fun!
Vlog #28 is ready for your viewing pleasure! This week’s video features my return to the US and the first week on tour across the country for 2017. Check out the full video above!
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
Vlog #3 is uploaded!
To welcome in 2016, Bjorvala Bonsai Studio is offering a 20% discount on all ceramics in our online shop between January 2-10. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to purchase high-quality antique Japanese and Chinese pots. C’mon, spend a little of … Read More
This Shimpaku Juniper is a testament to the power of the selfish gene, the will to survive in the face of extreme environmental conditions, the struggle to last just long enough to reproduce and thus carry on those genes through … Read More
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
Needle Juniper (Juniperus rigida) is a polarizing species in the bonsai world. Love ’em or hate ’em, they make incredible specimens if properly worked year after year. As with any Juniper species, Needle Junipers can be found with a range … Read More
After another major hiatus, The Bonsai Art of Japan is back with Episode 44, featuring Fujikawa International Bonsai School student Jerome Illat from France. Watch as Jerome takes you through the styling process of a field-grown Itoigawa Shimpaku Juniper!