Styling

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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Refinement Techniques, Styling

Satsuki Azaleas

The creation and refinement of satsuki azalea bonsai basically put Kouka-en on the bonsai map.  Kouka-en means “Light Feeling of Flower Garden”.  While we don’t currently have many azaleas now, many of the best satsuki bonsai in the world came through Kouka-en during the “Satsuki Boom”.  The only satsuki here[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Progressions, Styling

Pinus densiflora Styling

Some of the clients at Kouka-en have species and styles they gravitate towards.  We have one customer who tends to buy the largest pine bonsai we have in stock a few times a year to account for something……  Another client loves bizarre exposed root bonsai.  In early June, a client[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Refinement Techniques, Styling

Stewartia monadelpha

While this species is not exactly easy to find outside of Japan, let alone as bonsai, the techniques presented here with some minor tweaks work for many deciduous tree species.  Stewartia monadelpha, aka Himeshara,  is also just plain cool so here goes….. One day I hope this species is as[...]

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Styling

Juniperus rigida “Test”

Since arriving in Japan, I’ve done full styling projects on a a ton of trees.  The majority are what we refer to as “lesson trees” that aren’t spectacular bonsai by Japanese standards, but have issues needing resolution to be set on the right path.  This particular Juniperus rigida, aka “Tosho”,[...]

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