This months site is one I found recently when I wanted to discover the meaning behind the term 'Shimpaku'. As can be gleened from the interesting article that the link below directs you too, the term was actually made up by bonsai traders-
-"......The rumor spread among the traders that "this is the authentic (=shin), oak (=paku)." Thus, the juniper was named "Shinpaku." (Accounting for the conventions of Japanese word combination, it becomes "Shimpaku.") This word was not known in either the Chinese or Japanese language and so the name "Shimpaku" was conceived within the world of bonsai as a new variety of junipers. "
One important lesson from the article was, [and particularly pertinent for Lee & Tony T ;) ]
- -make sure you're able to end your days on a Tatami mat!!