October 25, 2011

Bonsai

I happened to encounter this lovely exhibition of Bonsai! But the exhibition was going to close and I had only fifteen minutes. I took the photos quickly. Bonsai  are trees or plants which would normally grow large, but which have been trained to grow into the small shapes resembling large trees or plants in nature.




How small are they?
In front of a man,  there are three bonsai in the circle in the first photo.


  A pine tree. Evergreen trees are very popular.

Kaki or persimmon.

 Kaki and pine tree

When I found this exhibition, many of the name tugs of the trees or plants had been already removed as closing time was approaching.


A kind of fern.



It takes a lot of time to grow ideal Bonsai, maybe a few years, decades or even hundreds. It is amazing that a tiny tree or plant has the same  shape of a big tree or plant in nature. In Bonsai which are just a few tens of centimeters tall, the beauty and dynamism of nature is compressed.

The basic techniques of Bonsai are to wire, prune  and transplant trees.

Why is Bonsai so popular in Japan? I think it is because Japan has a large population but a small land. And most of population is concentrated in big cities. So it is difficult for  many of us to live in a  house with a big garden. We can raise Bonsai on shelves in front of our houses or on the balconies.

Cosmos is passing the best time・・・

  Autumn leaves are falling・・・

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33 comments:

  1. Hi

    Lovely collection of Bonsai! Really interesting to see various styles of Bonsai in this post. Some look like a cascade and they grow over water or down the sides of mountains. The containers look great too!! I've heard that Edo people loved Bonsai and that they collected beautiful containers(pots) as well. The tiny red fruits are a type of apple? The last two photos are so beautiful! 

    前の記事の明日香村とマンジュシャゲ、日本の原風景ですね。とってもきれい!

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  2. Great pictures of Bonsai, it truly is an art.

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  3. Bonsai is such an amazing art form. I just love them and admire the artists that make them so much!

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  4.  素晴らしい盆栽のコレクション!やはり長い間かけて手入れをされ、育てられた盆栽の美しさには、魅了されます。短い時間だったのに沢山写真とれて良かったですね。特に9番目の写真,躍動感があって好きです!16番鳥さん赤い落ち葉の中で引き立ってます!!So lovely!
    Tomoko.

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  5. I have long had a fascination for Bonsai. Their form and grace and simplicity speak to me. Unfortunately, they require tender loving care, which I cannot always provide! Your photos show their beauty. I am also loving your field of cosmos and the fallen leaves. I'm happy to see that you are having a wonderful autumn.

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  6. Maravilhosa colecção de BONSAI!
    Cada um mais artístico que o outro...
    Já tive um, mas morreu.
    Boa semana.

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  7. Superb captures. The bonsais look good.

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  8. What lovely pictures! I know you are sad that the exhibition was closing, but you captured the work of the Bonsai Masters in your photos in the few minutes you had. My favorite is the Bending Over Pine Tree. So graceful, and redolent of the work that went into shaping!

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  9. Lovely bosai plants! I liked the tree in the second photo - I had seen a real tree of this variety in Hong Kong, and that was quite big!

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  10. Incredible captures and the bonsai are gorgeous! I would love to have one here in my apartment! So much beauty, Keiko, thank you for sharing it today! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  11. あまり盆栽には興味がなかったのですが、あらためてこうして見ると、やはりすばらしい芸術ですね!小さなポットに大きな自然を見事に凝縮してとらえるわけですからね。長い年月をかけて。姫リンゴ?の盆栽は倒れているんですよね?これも芸術?
    コスモス、落ち葉と小鳥・・・季節を感じます。

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  12. Those bonsai trees are exquisite - as are your shots.

    The field of cosmos is so lovely too as are the autumn leaves leaving a carpet of colour.

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  13. i have always been fascinated with Bonsai. every Bonsai is perfect, and your photos are equally beautiful.

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  14. So gorgeous !
    Greetings from France,

    Pierre

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  15. You made it in a limited time! When I was younger, I couldn’t understand bonsai, and felt sorry for trees to be wounded by wires to be trained their shapes, though I understand it as horticultural art as an adult now. I like cascading style .

    秋も少しずつ深まってきました。ここのコスモスもすばらしいですね。 畝傍山の近くですか?

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  16. very good series! lovely shots of the bonsai and the lil bird.

    coming from ourworldtuesday - My Third Eye

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  17. I've never seen a big collection of bonsai like that. They really are fascinating. That field of cosmos flowers is really beautiful.

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  18. The large field of Cosmos is a pretty sight. We have them here in BC but I’ve never seen them grow this profusely as though they were wild. Also love the trees in miniature … shaped as if bent by strong winds for decades. Lovely to look at and easy to move. :)

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  19. So much love and devotion has gone into growing all that bonsai. I love the huge field of cosmos and the gentle fallen leaves . . .

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  20. So enjoyed seeing this. Lovely shapes and I'm glad you happened upon this exhibition just before it closed. Pity you couldn't sit and stare at your ease.

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  21. 改めて日本人の美意識の高さに気づかされました。長年風雪に耐えた木々をイメージして幼木を日々育てていく余裕 なかなか真似できないです。日本家屋があるジオラマに配置して立派な和風庭園からなる箱庭を楽しみたい気持ちになりました。素敵な写真をありがとう。

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  22. I'm happy you've shared the bonsai collection with us. I love them and have one myself but don't care for it as I ought to. I let it grow and it needs trimming. It's difficult to grow them properly where I live (northern latitudes) without a greenhouse, which I don't have! your photos are gorgeous as always. happy week to you.

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  23. 盆栽の良さがまだよく解らないわたしですが(なぜ矮小化するのかが)、snowwhiteさんの写真はすごく美しくて、盆栽ってこんなに素敵だったのと、思いを改める気になっています。写真芸術の威力?

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  24. I find especially beautiful pine trees, it seems that dance. An art (of the patient?) That of Bonsai

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  25. I have heard so much about Bonsai but never seen them. The plants look beautiful, cute...
    Love the pics, its a pity you had only 15 minutes in hand but you have a great job even with the lack of time. Loved the ferns and the pine the most...
    Hope you are having a fabulous weekend:)

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  26. What a wonderful picture of a bird on a carpet of leaves and grass. It really does look like a carpet to me!

    I have just visited a miniature city called Madurodam and the many houses there are surrounded with bonsai trees, many of them about 60 years old. They are not as refined and artistic as the ones in your photographs, though. Thank you, once again, for an interesting and beautiful post.

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  27. I love the simplicity of forms in the first shot. The Japanese sense of aesthetics is impressive.

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  28. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the Bonsai displays with us. They are such a work of art.

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  29. Keiko,this is all so interesting and beautiful.I'm amazed to see a bonsai fern! The field of cosmos looks wonderful,as does the sky in your header photo.
    Have a good week,
    Ruby

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  30. I always enjoy looking at Bonsai so was delighted to find this post when I called by your blog this morning to have a browse around. I am returning a visit you made to News From Italy recently, do hope to see you there again.

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  31. Bonsai is very popular in Russia. I once had acquaintance back in Moscow he always traveled with his Bonsai :) I enjoyed your post and your photos.

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  32. You've captured the beautiful display of bonsai! I love the pine tree bonsai the best. The slow yet precise way that people take care of their bonsai always impresses me. As do your wonderful collection of photos :D

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  33. I love bonsai and especially pine bonsai. These tiny trees look so strong for such small plants!

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