Vlog #27 features my last few days living in Japan before returning permanently to the US. Thanks to all of you for your support thus far. See you all soon, somewhere in the world!
Despite the sunny weather here in Osaka, there’s a heavy feeling hovering over today. I’ve been psychologically preparing myself for this day for months, but now that it’s finally here, I realize just how unprepared I actually am. After … 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
This year’s Kokufu-ten Japanese National Bonsai Exhibition, held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno, presented nearly 500 of the best bonsai in Japan over a two week period, drawing in visitors from dozens of countries around the world. … Read More
It’s that time of year again, when stress levels soar and lower back muscles cramp, as months of preparation come to a head in setting up the Kouka-en sales booth at the annual Kokufu-ten exhibition in Tokyo, As a vendor, … Read More
It’s quite common to see trees from previous Kokufu-ten National Exhibitions filter through Kouka-en here in Osaka. In fact, with Mr. Fujikawa’s obsession with sourcing and selling top quality material, it’s more of an inevitability. What’s less common, though, is … Read More
The second and third days of the tour were spent visiting famous gardens and temples in and around Kyoto. Tenryu-ji in the Arashiyama area just west of the city was the group’s first stop. This temple was founded in 1339 … 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