This year the autumn viewing season for maples has been excellent. A sign in our hotel indicates the stage of leaf coloring in several of the popular viewing areas. It looks like we visited Kyoto at the best time, too bad I did not have the opportunity to visit any of the gardens.
Last views of the 34th Nippon Taikan Bonsai Exhibition
Sargent juniper, Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii ‘Shimpaku’
Only three shohin bonsai compositions this year were displayed. In early January there is a huge shohin bonsai exhibition which fills the entire building.
Shishigashira Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashia’
Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii. This masterpiece bonsai was created by Kenji Oshima and won the Prime Minister Award at last year’s Professional Bonsai Exhibition.
Even the suiseki were carefully watered. Note the cloth placed behind the stone to avoid moistening the valuable display tables.
Winged spindle tree, Euonymus sieboldiana
Red flowering hawthorn, Crataegus sp. Looks like a contorted cultivar.
Chojubai Japanese flowering quince, Chaenomeles japonica ‘Chojubai’ $7,500.
Display table $8,500
There were approximately 2,300 visitors to the exhibition on Saturday, the opening day. A few parting photos of some bonsai and general views.