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    News from Sakura Bonsai Gallery

    I hope to find the time to add some news on cleaning up my neglected collection.

    Sensitive Bonsai Design

    This post is a slight departure from my usual news items.  It raises the issue of Sensitive Design in bonsai.

    The following image was taken in 2016 on our tour of the Omiya Bonsai Village.  This bonsai is one of Yamada san's finest bonsai.  As you can see there are no 'hard' foliage pads with 'spirit level' clipped bases; just soft, sensitive foliage.... so natural.

    Another beautiful example comes from Kobayoshi san.  The second image here, one that Mr Kobayashi is justifiably proud of, demonstrates the beauty of this 'sensitive design'. Please excuse the image of the very nervous 'gaijin' in this image.

    This sensitivity in design requires an understanding and 'deep knowledge' rarely seen in the world of bonsai.  Not sure if I will live long enough to achieve such a level. 

    yamada juniper

    Kunio Kobayashi 01a 1

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