One of the focuses of our bonsai adventure in Japan was to visit with some of the bonsai artists that have come to our nursery on a regular basis. During the whole of our trip we had the pleasure of being with our guide, Jun Imabaysahi, who was incredible with the work he did to make our trip enjoyable.
His knowledge of the bonsai culture in Japan and connection with some of the best masters was greatly appreciated by all of us.
We visited Mr. Hiromi Tsukada who many of us know from his annual visits to our nursery. Tsukada san is one of the top azalea bonsai artists in Japan but we also saw that his work with maples and pines was also quite impressive! He was SO happy to see us and gave us a little demonstration of his grafting techniques to renew a beautiful Japanese maple that was starting to get overgrown.
Later on the trip we visited Mr. Mitsuo Matsuda in Kinashi village on Shikoku Island. This is a town that is known for its bonsai growing, especially black pines. He joined us for a wonderful dinner at a restaurant in Takamatsu.
We also met some of Jun’s bonsai friends – Mr. Yamahata, who creates very high quality bonsai; Mr. Miura, who is an up and coming shohin bonsai artist.
More to come!