2 New Videos From Bonsai Eejit

I Have been following the videos Ian has been putting up over the past few days. documenting Peter Warren’s time with the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society. Looks like it was a great few days. Hopefully we may have something similar in the future with our own club down here. Great work on the videos Ian, well done.

 

 

 

Only now I understand nothing

Really enjoyed reading this. Well put together.

Shohin Bonsai Europe - Morten Albek

How much do you live bonsai? Or how do you appreciate your bonsai in daily life?

I have been doing bonsai for app. 20 years now, if I count in the very first lessons learned, killing innocent small trees collected in local forests, working on them way too early and way too hard. Before that I bought a book, maybe 30 years ago, first time bonsai caught my attention. It took a while before I then tried and failed and had few successes. Today I know more, but still now nothing. As a Danish artist expressed it: “Only now I understand nothing” after many years of work with his art. In other words, the more I know the bigger the world of untrodden land seems to be.

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Today I know plenty of techniques, how to prune, how to fertilize, how to develop a tree from raw form, how to keep…

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WORLD BONSAI FRIENDSHIP FEDERATION CONVENTION– Part 2

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My first report from this trip is only being made possible through the considerable effort of my wife Diane, who took time from her busy schedule of caring for my bonsai and 94 year old mother to help. These reports are being written by me and e-mailed to her first. Then the individual photos are sent to her placed at the correct positions all while iChating on my MacBook pro laptop. The first post required over one hour with her in Rochester and me in China talking with both computers open. I think there is a remote way of taking over other computers because I’ve done it before with Joe Noga in North Carolina and me in Kyoto while he meticulously adjusted images from Japanese bonsai exhibitions. But, this is China and the connections are not that good and often fail in mid conversation and transfer. Although I’ve not yet…

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WORLD BONSAI FRIENDSHIP FEDERATION CONVENTION – PART 1

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The 7th World Bonsai Friendship Federation Convention has been combined with the 12th Asia Pacific Bonsai And Suiseki Convention this year in Jin Tan, China and will take place on September 24-28, 2013. I’m part of a six man team from the United States and am joined by fellow bonsai artists and friends, Bjorn Bjorholm, Randy Clark, Brussel Martin and Suthin Sukosolvisit.

Yesterday I arrived in China after a long 15 hour direct flight from Newark, originating in Rochester. The convention committee met us and led us to an air conditioned bus where we had to wait for THREE hours for other foreigners to arrive. Then they told us the bus trip would be another FOUR hours to the hotel. That’s like me flying into Rochester, NY and driving to Pittsburgh, PA for a hotel!

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Today we are boarding buses to the convention venue, which is another…

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All Ireland Hurling Final Replay

Well were nearly there (again) when Cork will take on Clare in the All Ireland Hurling Final replay. For the Second time in a row the two teams will meet again. And for the second year running The All Ireland Hurling Final needs a replay to determine a winner. Before last year an All Ireland Hurling Final didn’t happen since 1959. So very exciting times. This Saturday at 5pm Cork will take on Clare in which hopefully Cork will come out the victorious.

COME ON THE REBELS.

Peter Warren Video – Deciduous Tree Structure

Photo of the Day

Bridge of Whispers, Venice, Italy

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Wirral Show – Part 2

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Show photos part 2:

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Hope you liked their show!!!
I’m sure I missed a few

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Sinajina 「品品 自由が丘」

Would love to stumble across this place some time. 🙂

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Sinajina, the brain child of bonsai artist Kenji Kobayashi, is hidden in Tokyo’s Jiyugaoka neighborhood.

It took me some time to find it but it was totally worth it!

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Sinajina

The entrance to this modern shop + studio + classroom is lined with trays of young and old bonsai.

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Sinajina

Inside, the shop is like a dream.  Maples and pines and the cutest hedgehogs that grow moss on their backs… every corner fill with beautiful living bonsai.

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Sinajina

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Sinajina

Kobayashi opened this shop 10 years ago, after living in Portland, Oregon, where he studied with bonsai master Kawamoto Toshio.  Unlike traditional bonsai which focuses on a single old tree, Kobayashi’s style is closer to “saikei” (literally, “planted landscape”) that can contain several trees and younger plants.

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Sinajina

He uses young plants and experiments with a wider variety of pots and styles, leading to a more contemporary approach that attracts young people.

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Peter Warren Video – Sabina Juniper

look forward to the rest of the videos. great stuff

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The first of the videos from Peter’s recent visit.

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