A Visit To Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

 

1Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Tokyo is always a highlight for my Japan visits.

 

6p4a0492

6p4a0548

6p4a0534

6p4a0496

6p4a0493

6p4a0501

6p4a0494

There are ALWAYS new bonsai all over the place, mainly large size for the Chinese Market.

6p4a0529

6p4a0527

There were many large grafted Sargent juniper bonsai, all wired and just waiting to fill out for future sales. Julian Adams and I had a nice quiet lunch with Mr. Kobayashi before all the apprentices were fed. Currently he has three Japanese, three Chinese and one Mexican apprentices. Considering the number of trees he has, more apprentices are needed.

6p4a0547

6p4a0516

6p4a0517

6p4a0525

 

There are over 12 alcoves for formal bonsai displays. Mr. Kobayashi always shows his creativity in creating distinctive bonsai displays.

6p4a0557

6p4a0556

6p4a0506

6p4a0507

6p4a0505

6p4a0503

6p4a0502

6p4a0498

6p4a0499

This Rose bonsai was recently wired. I wonder which new apprentice wired this tree?

6p4a0538

6p4a0540

6p4a0539

 

6p4a0513

6p4a0530

img_4428

During this visit I was impressed with the increased number, size and colorful quality of the koi in the pond, surrounded by bonsai. There was a sign in front of the pond I could not make out, so I asked Jin, one of the apprentices who speaks English. I waited and expected a flowery poetic name of the pond display or something like that . The sign was the name of the owner of the koi…… Still a great visit.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s