2017 91st Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition­– Part 2

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The second part of the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition opened on February 10 and ends on the 13th. All 300 plus trees from Part 1 were removed except for the Imperial Bonsai Display and two other special exhibits.

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Japanese Hemlock

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Part 2 is just as excellent as Part 1 in my opinion. A great selection of a wide variety of trees. The Nippon Bonsai Association split the trees into both parts well. Both parts had an impressive and colorful Japanese deciduous holly. Part 1 seemed to display more Ezo spruce bonsai, while I noticed many cascade pines in Part 2.

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There were 179 display areas including 51 medium size exhibits and six shohin bonsai compositions. Important Bonsai Masterpieces (Kicho Bonsai) were ten in total for this part.

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Five outstanding bonsai were selected for the Kokufu Award:

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Chinese Quince

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Chinese Quince

 

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Sargent Juniper

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Japanese Black Pine

 

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Dwarf Star Jasmine

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Hinoki Cypress

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Yesterday we spent the morning in Omiya Bonsai Village before returning to the Suiseki Exhibition and the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition. At the Mansei-en Bonsai Garden of the Kato family I noticed three of the six Kokufu Award bonsai. I found it interesting to learn that two the Kokufu Award bonsai were won by a husband and wife…

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Dwarf Stewartia

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Boston Ivy

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Gardenia

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Witch Hazel

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Chinese quince

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Japanese Flowering Quince

 

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Japanese Maple

 

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Japanese Maple NOT Trident Maple

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Japanese Black Pine

Back to both the Suiseki and Bonsai Exhibitions to study more and see how the trees are made and enjoy the subtle beauty of suiseki.

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