Bonsai Tour February 2014 Part 7

image013_150By George Haas

February 7, 2014; late afternoon, our bonsai tour group drove by bus bound for Mr. Seiji Morimae’s S-Cube Bonsai Garden “Uchiku-Tei” located in Hanyu, Saitama.

S-Cube Bonsai Garden Uchiku-Tei was a one stop shopping spree for everyone in the group. Of course, we could only look and photograph the numerous fine quality bonsai. But, high quality pots, suiseki, stands, antique artifacts, and other bonsai related items were for sale. There were rows of shelves outside for used and new pots. There was a building filled with even more valuable pots and art.

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Bonsai Tour February 2014 Part 6

image001_150By George Haas

February 7, 2014; after our visit to the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, located in Saitama, next to the renowned Omiya Bonsai Village, the tour group was treated to a delicious traditional Japanese bento boxed lunch at a new restaurant across the street from the museum.

After lunch, we walked our way though nicely maintained neighborhoods to a number of family owned bonsai nurseries as part of the Omiya Bonsai Village. Kora Dalager and Bill Valavanis remarked how smaller the footprint of the original bonsai nurseries has become and how greater the number of apartment buildings surrounding them. (more…)

Bonsai Tour February 2014 Part 5

image013_150By George Haas

February 7, 2014; towards noon our bonsai tour group boarded the bus again and headed out for the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, located in Saitama, next to the renowned Omiya Bonsai Village.

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum was opened in 2010. The museum is designated as a traditional industry of Saitama City for the purpose of promoting the art culture of bonsai. (more…)

Bonsai Tour February 2014 Part 4

4intro_150By George Haas

February 7, 2014; our bonsai tour group of 20 boarded a bus bound for the home and garden of Master Bonsai Artist Masahiko Kimura (aka The Magician), located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

When we arrived at Master Kimura’s home and garden, he was not present. We were greeted by his apprentices, instead. As we arrived, the apprentices were busy loading a truck with bonsai destined to be displayed in the second week (Part 2) of Kokufu-Ten in Tokyo. A few photos depict the trees to be exhibited and the effort to load them into the truck. (more…)

Bonsai Tour February 2014 Part 3

 

introBy George Haas

February 6, 2014; our bonsai tour group of 20 boarded a bus bound for Shunka-en. Shunka-en is the nursery and bonsai museum of Master Bonsai Artist Kunio Kobayashi located in Tokyo. The museum was completed in 2002. The nursery contains the highest quality of bonsai; some famous bonsai by Master Kobayashi. The indoor bonsai museum includes an authentic Japanese tea room and a number of formal tokonoma displays. (more…)

Bonsai Tour February 2014 Part 2

Chrysanthemum_150By George Haas

The Ueno Green Club in Tokyo is where bonsai vendors of all sorts sell their bonsai and bonsai related wares. After attending the Kokufu Ten February 2014 Bonsai Exhibition, our tour visited the Ueno Green Club. It’s a three story building with a large outside area. The bonsai for sale were priced from $10 (1,000 Yen) to the thousands of dollars. The trees were magnificence. Every type and style of bonsai was available for sale. Some growers wrapped the tree root ball in plastic and tied it off. While others placed their trees in bonsai pots of every design and vintage. Since you can’t take home a tree to the United States, we spent a lot more time on searching for bonsai pots, tools and related art objects and stones. During our six days in Tokyo, we had the opportunity to visit the Ueno Green Club more than once. (more…)

Bonsai Tour February 2014 Part 1

150_bBy George Haas

I would like to share some of the highlights of my recent trip to Japan. A group of 20 of us were guided by Kora Dalager of Bonsai Travel, Concord, California, and William (Bill) Valavanis of International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, New York, on a bonsai tour beginning on February 3 through February 13, 2014. I can’t post it all at once and so I’ll break it down in parts. We departed the United States on February 2nd and arrived in Japan on the 3rd in late afternoon. A bus ride from the airport to downtown Tokyo arriving at one of two hotels, The Hotel Grand Palace and Hotel Parkside. (more…)

An Artist Abroad

peter150by Peter Adams
Photography by Walter Pall

Reprinted from Golden Statements Jan/Feb 2011

In October 2010, Andi Dorfliger asked me to visit Switzerland and make some drawings at Bonsai Autumn 6, held in Olten, near Zurich. I thought I might like to share the visit. Olten is a nice town set in lovely surroundings, and Andi chose a modern hall built in typically Swiss style as the venue.

He has created a wonderful concept in bonsai, where each year a whole line up of bonsai people get to work over a two day period with trees chosen from a truck- full of fabulous material. (more…)