John split his talk up into a number of topics including ;the nursery that he worked at -Nobuichi Urashibata Taisho en Nursery in Shizuoka; the shows and exhibitions he visited; his trips to other nursery's and of course; his work on the trees.He talked about his host with great reverence and showed obvious gratitude for the opportunity he had been afforded, including the chance to use the dogs blanket to keep from freezing in bed!!
It soon became apparent that the trip had had a profound affect on him, not least of which was in coming to terms with the prices of material in Britain compared to what he would pay in Japan!
Another interesting yet disturbing subject was in learning about the declining interest within Japan for all things Bonsai particularly as the reverse could be said to be happening in the rest of the world.
The ageing membership of supposed non existent bonsai clubs
Nursery's.....The good ......
.....the bad &........
All told this was an extremely interesting talk that seemed to enthrall all the audience; one that it should be mentioned, was swelled by the largest North Waleian raiding party seen 'in these here parts' for many a year!! (good to see you all)