Japanese Shows

Here are photos of bonsai I worked on that were accepted into the bonsai shows in Japan during my apprenticeship: the Kokufu-ten, the Sakufu-ten, and the Taikan-ten. 

Kokufu show #80 – 2006

spruceChochubai flowering quince (left), Ezo spruce (right)

redpinekokufuRed pine. You may notice several different stylistic approaches in the bonsai on this page. Only about 20% of the branches on this tree were wired.

kokufu

White pine—One of those stepping-stone trees for me. Mr. Suzuki wanted to be sure I could wire trees out cleanly—to this level of organization and absurdity—before letting me work with less artificiality. I detail the work on this tree in my book, Post-Dated: The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk.

kokufucascadejuniperGrafted Itoigawa juniper

white pineWhite pine 

Kokufu show #79 – 2005

shimpaku‘Shimpaku’ juniper

black pineBlack pine – Kokufu prize winner

juniper‘Shimpaku’ juniper

Taikan Ten 2004

bunjin white pineWhite pine

Sakufu Ten 2005

white pineWhite pine—Prime Minister Award winner

7 Comments

  1. Interesting article, i have bookmarked your site for future referrence 🙂

  2. I do not know much about bonsai but these are amazing.

  3. backcountrydan says:

    I just saw this thread for the first time while searching google for info on the Sakufu show. Beautiful work!

    I found your PMA winning White Pine in the 72nd Kokufu book, and was wondering if there are books or magazines available for the Sakufu shows?

    • crataegus says:

      Dan, yes, the Sakafu has it’s own books. Not sure of their availability over here, I pick up a few random ones when I go to Japan. You can take a look at mine next time you’re here-

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  2. […] Japanese white pine before his teacher, Shinji Suzuki entered it in the famous Kokufu show. You can visit Michael’s Crataegus Bonsai (one of my all time favorite bonsai blogs) for the whole story. Michael is the author of Post-Dated […]

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