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Kimura Playing with Bonsai

11/10/18

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One of Masahiko Kimura's famous juniper rock plantings at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. Here's their caption... "Autumn Special Exhibition: Contemporary Bonsai Masters: Masahiko Kimura; Playing with Bonsai, the Origin of His Works"

Today’s photos are from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. I don’t know who the photographer is, but the results are great, especially the one above with its soft texture and colors. But what really caught my eye is the way the foliage stands out from the rock and shadows in the background

All the trees are the work of the world’s most famous Bonsai artist, Masahiko Kimura (The Magician). Here’s a quote from the Museum…  “Kimura, a well-known devotee to bonsai who has created and cared for many masterpieces… not for financial gain, but as a bonsai master. This piece (above) expresses the beautiful scenery of trees rooted on the precipice of China’s unique rock formations
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You can barely see a small piece of the living vein on this juniper. No variety is given, but it looks like a Shimpaku, a variety that Kimura (and much of the world) seems to favor

Omiya quote continued from above…
Because Kimura is able to remove himself from bonsai art as a purely professional pursuit, he has created space for himself to play with the world of compositional, or sosaku, bonsai. In this exhibition we offer bonsai representative of Kimura’s work that have carved his name in to the stone of bonsai history” For the rest of the text, you can visit Omiya on facebook

 

Here's a famous Kimura planting that has spawned numerous copycats. The trees are Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)

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This closeup provides a feel for just how old the trunks are

 

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Japanese white pine (aka Japanese five needle pine, Goyomatsu, Pinus parviflora)

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