Kusamono of Taikan-ten 2012
This is not all of them, but many of the ones I liked or thought were done well regardless of my personal preferences. My favorites were mostly single species shitakusa (meaning “under-grass”) displayed with bonsai; the moss and pyrossia ones being best. Kusamono is a catch-all term. This information comes from a kusamono grower and former Kokufu judge and the response of many Japanese bonsai professionals and kusamono vendors.
One point I’d like to make in this post is that many of the kusamono receiving major exposure internationally are those used in the Taikan-ten and Kokufu-ten; both shows relying on mainly evergreen heavy shitakusa that are at their best during these seasons. Or, just look better as other perennial plants have already shut down. Young Choe has photographed many of her creations in the Spring and Summer months and thought I’d take a moment to promote her work HERE.
There were a number of kusamono in three-point displays with suiseki and a scroll. My favorite suiseki was Kiyama-san’s interpretation of a mountain : ). Enjoy!