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Jins are Rarely Pointed…

Jins are Rarely Pointed…

November 22, 2017

…in the wild, jins tend to have a cracked, blunted, or sheared-off look. Yet in bonsai we tend to the default, and whittle our dead branches to something so sharp a bird would be nervous about landing on them. A photo I took in my garden this past week shows what I’m talking about. This […]

Thoughts about Bonsai in Taiwan-

Thoughts about Bonsai in Taiwan-

November 16, 2017

As I walked about the premier bonsai show in Taiwan, several things fell into place. Firstly, it was apparent why the Japanese thought so highly of Taiwanese bonsai. They don’t feel that way of many places, South Korea is one of the few others. By the time I’d finished walking the show, I’d decided that […]

Impressions from the BCI / Asia-Pacific / HWA-FONG / 1st Bonsai Science Symposium

Impressions from the BCI / Asia-Pacific / HWA-FONG / 1st Bonsai Science Symposium

November 5, 2017

This has been a stimulating, massive, thought-provoking, multiple-organization event hosted in Taichung, Taiwan. Today I’ll just show some images and some initial thoughts, and will do a follow-up post when I’ve had time to compose some further thoughts. Enjoy the photos! I do apologize for the quality of them, they were phone photos and not […]


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