2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

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2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Shuji Yamazaki » February 21st, 2015, 1:38 pm

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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Shuji Yamazaki » February 21st, 2015, 2:37 pm

If you are interested in receiving information on the 2016 Bonsai Tour of Japan, please contact Shuji by email at: wabi-sabidesigns@grapevine.net.au
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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Grant Bowie » February 21st, 2015, 2:50 pm

Hi all,

I would highly recommend the tour to all Bonsai lovers at all levels and ages.

We saw many nurseries, two shows, field growing and of course lots of fabulous Bonsai.

The trip also included visits to some amazing Temples and structures; as well as many different gardens and parks.

The evening meals were also a highlight.

My favourite part of the trip was the visit to Kobyashis' nursery in Tokyo; mind blowing is the only word.

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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby PeterH » February 21st, 2015, 3:20 pm

Looks like a great Tour.
Love to do it one day.

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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Scott Roxburgh » February 21st, 2015, 4:59 pm

Thanks for the pictures Shuji an congrats on another successful trip.

It looked great, the trip seems to be getting better each year.

What souvenirs did people bring back...any nice pots?
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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Elmar » February 21st, 2015, 5:03 pm

Grant,
Whom organises these and where do thy depart from?
Would you meet in Japan or in Oz then fly over to Japan..?


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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Grant Bowie » February 21st, 2015, 5:49 pm

CoGRedeMptioN wrote:Grant,
Whom organises these and where do thy depart from?
Would you meet in Japan or in Oz then fly over to Japan..?


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Contact Shuji directly. His contact details are above.

We met in Japan at initially Narita airport then taxi to a hotel in Narita itself where we had our first meal as a group. Some had come a day earlier to rest before the busy schedule. People came by Qantas, JAL and Jet star, transport is up to you. 3 of us went via Shanghai for 3 days and we came from Shanghai on China Eastern.

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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Grant Bowie » February 21st, 2015, 5:54 pm

Scott Roxburgh wrote:Thanks for the pictures Shuji an congrats on another successful trip.

It looked great, the trip seems to be getting better each year.

What souvenirs did people bring back...any nice pots?


Lots of nice pots. I even met the current owner of the pottery kiln that made a pot that Lennie Webber bought sometime in the 1960s. I bought the pot in 1988 at the auction after he died and I bought the exact same pot in a smaller size this trip.

Unfortunately that particular kiln is no longer operating so he is just selling off stock. His father made the pots many years ago.

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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby JaseH » February 21st, 2015, 7:44 pm

It was an amazing trip Shuji - thanks again for organising it. :worship:

So many highlights and so many quality trees - I'm still shaking my head at the shear quantity of quality trees over there! Where are the average ones!?!

If I had to choose some highlights, maybe the growing areas at Takamatsu, Kobyashis' amazing nursery, Ueno Green Club market and the friendly guys at Aichi-en - oh and Tokoname! The food wasn't too bad either :tu:

If anyone is interested in bonsai and thinking about heading to Japan - you need to get on this trip the next time Shuji runs it! :tu:
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The next best time is now.’
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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby trident76 » February 21st, 2015, 9:02 pm

Thanks for sharing.
I'll be emailing for details of the 2016 trip for sure.
After roughly 20 years of growing bonsai, I reckon I might just be starting to get the hang of it...
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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Elmar » February 21st, 2015, 10:17 pm

trident76 wrote:Thanks for sharing.
I'll be emailing for details of the 2016 trip for sure.


Ditto


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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby JaseH » February 23rd, 2015, 7:50 am

Going through some of my photos from the trip and thought I'd share a few.

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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Shuji Yamazaki » February 23rd, 2015, 8:48 am

Nice Photos Jason. Some trees are better than the trees at the Kokufuten!
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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby Jarad » February 23rd, 2015, 9:30 am

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Re: 2015 Bonsai Tour of Japan

Postby JaseH » February 23rd, 2015, 1:21 pm

A small selection from Omiya Bonsai Village

I apologise for the bias towards deciduous trees!

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Shuji Yamazaki wrote:Nice Photos Jason. Some trees are better than the trees at the Kokufuten!


Your spot on Shuji! I joked that I could buy a tree at the market, give a quick tidy up and a week later enter it in the Kokufuten! :hooray:
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