AUTUMN 2014 JAPAN BONSAI EXPLORATION– Part 3

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Autumn In Kyoto

This morning a few of us visited a large flea market at the Toji Temple, which is near our hotel in Kyoto. We arrived early to avoid crowds, but were met with hoards of people including many foreigners looking and buying. Near the main entrance there was a large area with vendors selling flowers, plants, dried fruit and even bonsai.

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It appeared as though anything you wanted could be found here, antiques, clothing (new and old), jeans, car license plates from Washington state, snacks, old books, antique scrolls and inserts, dishes, light bulbs, cutlery, tools, bonsai tables, stones and even pins! Lots of good stuff and we left fully loaded with goodies. We did not visit the snack shops….

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TOJI

34TH JAPAN TAIKAN BONSAI EXHIBITION 

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Today was the set up and judging for the 34th Japan Taikan Bonsai Exhibition one of the main Japanese exhibitions . Earlier in the morning pre-selection judging was conducted narrowing down the 200 some entries for the prizes. The bonsai were grouped into three bonsai for: large, medium and small size evergreens, deciduous and satsuki. Selections were also made for suiseki, shohin bonsai, rock plantings, suiseki and literati bonsai as well. There were four trees selected for the large evergreens because one was selected for the Prime Minister Award. There was one Chinese suiseki alone, but I don’t know the name of the category, it won an award as well. The pre-selected entries were placed on long tables down the center of the exhibition room.

SHOHAKU

Large evergreen bonsai

LARGE DECIDUOUS

Large deciduous bonsai

LITERATI

Literati bonsai

ROCK PLANTINGS

Rock planting bonsai

SMALL DECIDUOUS

Small deciduous bonsai

At 2pm the final judging was conducted by some of the top bonsai artists and professional artists. The winning bonsai were immediately announced. After judging people were scrambling to put the bonsai in their designated display areas, many with scrolls, some with suiseki as well.

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JUDGING

The Prime Minister Award went to a large size Sargent juniper bonsai which was displayed by Shinji Suzuki for his client. This bonsai was originally created by Masahiko Kimura many years ago, who also won two other awards with a Japanese yew and rock planting.

PRIME

Sargent juniper Prime Minister Award

STEWARTIA DISPLAY

Dwarf stewartia, Stewartia monadelpha

STEWARTIA DETAIL

UME

Japanese flowering apricot, Prunus mume

YEW

Japanese yew, Taxus cuspidata

PAINTING

Japanese five-needle pine, Pinus parviflora, displayed with a western painting

KAKI

Japanese persimmon, Diosporus kaki

HAWTHORN

Hawthorn, Crataegus sp.

GOYO PINE

Japanese five-needle pine, Pinus parviflora

EUONYMUS

Burning bush, Euonyus alatus

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Sargent juniper, Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii ‘Shimpaku’

BEECH

Japanese beech, Fagus crenata

ENOKI

Chinese hackberry, Celtis sinensis

HINOKI

Tsuyama hinoki cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Tsuyama’

CITRON

Fingerd citron (Buddha’s hand citron) Citrus medica ‘Sarocdectylis

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MAYUMI

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There were several foreign apprentices working hard to set up their teacher’s client’s bonsai as well as the large sales area. Here are a few quick photos I took during this busy time. More photos will be included in tomorrow’s blog entry. If you want to see finer-quality, color corrected photos with a complete report on this important event for the Japanese bonsai world, kindly subscribe to International BONSAI at:

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One thought on “AUTUMN 2014 JAPAN BONSAI EXPLORATION– Part 3

  1. Spectacular specimens! The fine branches of deciduous trees are especially interesting. And the little persimmon fruits are precious. And from the bazaar – was the raw octopus on a stick? Looked yummy.

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