By way of a taster for his talk at our meeting in September a brief description of the trip is found below.
Mausei-en owned by Mr Saburo Kato
Toju-en, Mr Hamano teacher of Mr Kimura
Fuyo-en, Mr Takeyama, chair of Nippon Bonsai Association
Seiko-en, Mr Yamada
Yorozu-en, Mr Fukano (shohin)
Mr Kobayashi was displaying wonderful satsuki and a wider range of trees with spectacular nebari also at this nursery is a brilliant museum displaying a number of tokonama and ancient pots and display stands.
In addition to the bonsai tour I also was lucky enough to go to Kyoto to visit temples and shrines which had spectacular gardens, even travelling through Tokyo and the suburbs you see outstanding garden trees that have been styled and refined to a high standard.
Here are a few pictures to wet the appetite.
Les and a shohin he discovered!..... the perspectives a little strange, don't you think!
.....makes you want to put a torch to your own collection!
A view of Yorozu-en. The nursery where Les found his three new trees.
Culture, S & M show, unusual training technique or an attempt to 'feel' what its like to be a tree????
So, be sure not to miss Septembers meeting as its bound to be enlightening. (I believe Les is already booked in for a mini tour of UK bonsai clubs.)
But before you attend hide all matches and lighter fluids at home, as you might feel different about your own collection afterwards.