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Fujikawa Kouka-en

Blog Update


Thank you for bearing with me as I learn to navigate the process of creating and upgrading my blog.  Now, all the photo galleries I’ve uploaded have a slide-show feature and a number of other issues have been resolved; an issue yet to be addressed is the frequency of posting here.  This will be taken care of starting next month when I return to Japan to continue my studies for November and December.  I’ll be helping my teacher prepare for the Taikan-ten in Kyoto and style bonsai.  Now that there are six, count them 6 apprentices at Kouka-en, I don’t have to sweep any more!!!  Little do my Kohai know what is in store for them……  How do you say hazing in Japanese?

As another year ends another opportunity to learn more about bonsai in The Far East begins, my thoughts have been mainly on the experiences as a traveling bonsai professional.  I’ve learned so much this year working with private collection owners and members of bonsai organizations.  How do we improve the bonsai in America?  A site I’ve been working on for about a year is going to launch around Christmas of 2013 to assist in the effort called Bonsai Connect.  Thanks to everyone who has enlisted my services and hosted me in 2013.  If you have already committed to study groups with me for 2014, I look forward to working with you.




In an upcoming post, I’ll share a recent trip to nerd it up collecting kusamono plants and a few trees at around 9000 feet in Colorado.





  1. Jeffrey Robson - October 22, 2013 8:40 pm

    Have fun on your trip. I enjoyed your demo in St. Louis at our club meeting.

    • Owen - October 22, 2013 11:54 pm

      Thanks. It was a nice group.

  2. Bob Thatcher - October 23, 2013 2:37 pm

    Really liked your presentation at the 2013 Expo in Asheville, NC.
    My favorite Bonsai book, is Four Seasons of Bonsai by Kyuzo
    Murata. Page 66 will blow your mind about what a ‘bonsai’
    can be. Also if you look at the book as a whole, you see his light
    delicate style even on heavier older pines.

    • Owen - October 28, 2013 1:42 am

      I love his style and work with both bonsai and kusamono. Thanks for attending the presentation.

  3. Marty Rosen - October 23, 2013 5:11 pm

    Got a lot of compliments from Bonsai Fest, already have a bunch signed up for January. Good Job

    • Owen - October 28, 2013 1:41 am

      Great to hear. It was a nice event and it was great to meet Martha Goff and purchase some Green Sheets.


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