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Japanese Red Pine Bonsai, Straight from Kokufu

05/26/19

 Akamatsu, aka Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora). This one and the others here are from the 2019 Kofuku Exhibition book. Courtesy of Michal Bonsai, a certified pine lover

If you've been around bonsai for a while, you most likely know Japanese black pines and Japanese white pines. But do you know the third sister in the trio, Japanese red pines? If you don't. here's a chance for an introduction. And it's good one, straight from Kokufu, the world's foremost bonsai show.

 

This one is just a tad eccentric, the way it loops back on itself. And even the rock that it's growing on is bit unusual. And there's that tray! A masterpiece in its own right, and no doubt way over our budget

A little more classical feel than the one just above. Slanting trees with branches hanging down like this are not uncommon. Though ones with this much character and age are

 

 Another unusual one, rich with character and age

 


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