World Bonsai Convention 2017 Part 1

[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]As many who were lucky enough to be at the WBC ’17 in Japan have said… The event was truly mind-blowing. Ryan Neil summed it up bang on: ‘The World Bonsai Convention was unprecedented and not soon to be repeated in terms of scale and talent. This event encompassed Japan’s monumental contribution and influence on an ever-evolving artform.’

Never had there been so many ‘Important Bonsai Masterpieces’, and Award Winning trees displayed under one roof. There were so many incredible trees, but I’ll just post a few pics and vids from the hundreds that I took… Dividing them up across a few different posts. Let’s start with Pines, then we’ll follow up with Junipers, Other Varieties, the Demonstrations and Trade Stand Trees. (Apologies for any strange angles… it was difficult at times to get good shots due to the crazy crowds).

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Seiji Morimae’s ‘Bonsai Keiuman’ display. A modern display with many trees originally designed by Kimura.

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A large White Pine at the Bonsai Keiuman display.

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The famous Red Pine styled by Kimura. Mind-blowing trunk and bark.

[/x_text][x_text]It’s hard to describe this famous Akamatsu… It was definitely one of the show-stoppers. The sheer size of the trunk alone is incredible, but the bark is it’s undeniable feature. The bark plates are as deep as your hand. In the picture below I managed to capture the scale slightly better (compare the man’s arm at right of pic, with the bark plates on the trunk). I also managed to get a video of the tree (below), so you can get a better feel for this beautiful monster…[/x_text][x_text][/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/pine_29.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt5puJkuE_w” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T4HXEwTRdY” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_text]In the video above, a famous Black Pine from the Bonsai Keiuman collection. You’ll hopefully get a taste of how incredible this tree is. The bark is just extraordinary. No words…[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_32.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text]

Very old Red Pine from the Imperial Collection.

[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_33.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text][/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_14.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Large White Pine, Imperial Collection. Incredibly tight foliage.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_15.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”left-text “]Crowds viewing the giant 600 year old Black Pine from the Imperial Collection. Watch the video below to see the scale of this tree as someone waters it at the end of the clip… The sasha-eda (feature branch, lower left) extends roughly a metre out. Absolutely breath-taking and an incredible work of art.[/x_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=padHYrU09e0″ hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_20.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Large spreading White Pine with great jins, and beautiful foliage pads.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_19.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_18.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Another giant spreading White Pine.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_16.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Beautiful cascade White Pine with amazing deadwood.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_17.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Deadwood detail…[/x_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hHVoytII00″ hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_text]The Black Pine from Takamatsu above was one of my absolute favourites, I returned to it time and time again throughout the convention to marvel at it. From the incredible foliage pad detail, to the awesome movement and bark, this tree really got me. The white extending candles made it look as though it was almost covered in snow from afar. Absolute beauty in every aspect.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_44.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]The amazing pads…[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_45.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Close up of the beautiful extending candles.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/pine_27.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text]

Black Pine, with awesome base, and great foliage pad separation/detail.

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Lower right side.

[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/pine_25.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Awesome base.[/x_text][x_text][/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_34.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Big White Pine, with cool feature branch to the right…[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_35.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Close up of the deadwood on the feature branch.[/x_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmTdnpVOUbY” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_text]In the above footage I capture one of my favourite Red Pines, another famous one from Kimura’s garden. A twisting masterpiece… In ‘The Apprenticeship’ below, Ryan Neil talks about his study under Masahiko Kimura (which I recommend if you haven’t yet seen it). From about 7:52s – 8:02s Ryan walks up to this tree in Kimura’s garden and says ‘Probably the best tree I’ve ever seen in my life’. That was maybe around 2008 or so, and the tree has progressed a lot since then…[/x_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUY7EF7AWXQ” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_text][/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_43.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text]A famous White Pine from the Funayama Collection, this was the amazing collection of Akiei Funayama. Incredible trees… I bumped in to Jonas of bonsaitonight.com photographing trees, check out his post on this collection here.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_9.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Another massive Black Pine with insane bark. Great character to this beast.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_8.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Trunk and bark detail. Check those bark plates![/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_6.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]The interior… Again, check the thickness of that bark![/x_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liDUcf9lC2I” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_text]Above shows a fantastic formal upright Black Pine, with amazing bark extending right to the tips, very old.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_4.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]A very cool twisty literati Black Pine.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_11.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text]

Incredible Black Pine with swirling trunk, another of my absolute favourites of the convention…

[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_10.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Detail of the amazing trunk.[/x_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrD_YHknZAk” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” poster=””][x_text]Above, a beautiful old twin trunk White Pine, with amazing shari detail running up the trunk…[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_40.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Great White Pine with fantastic needles.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_41.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Beautiful foliage.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_1.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]A killer Shohin White Pine![/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_2.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Detail of the exposed roots/trunk.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_23.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]A large full cascade White Pine.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_24.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Trunk detail. Incredible needles on this tree too.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_36.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Cascade Black Pine in crescent.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_3.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Deadwood on another awesome little White Pine.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_37.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Picture perfect White Pine on rock.[/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/pine_38.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text class=”center-text “]Rock planting detail. Accent plantings, often chojubai and azalea, were top notch in terms of both placement and refinement.[/x_text][x_text]Up next we’ll have some of our favourite Junipers from the World Bonsai Convention, stay tuned, cheers![/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]