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
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!