World Bonsai Convention 2017 Part 2

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Further pics and footage of beautiful trees on display at the World Bonsai Convention in Saitama, Japan…[/cs_text][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_1.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]

The famous Hiryu, or, Flying Dragon, the tree that greeted attendees at the entrance.

[/cs_text][cs_text]The famous juniper above was both the logo tree for the convention and the entrance tree. Hiryu is estimated to be over 1000 years old, collected from the Mountains behind Itoigawa City in 1983. I first saw Hiryu in Sabaro Kato’s garden a few years back before it had been fully styled, and it was incredible. It was fantastic to see it again, with it’s design fully realised. It was difficult to get a shot of it as there were masses of people gathering in awe of it throughout the entire convention.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_2.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]

Hiryu posing for the endless cameras at the entrance.

[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/hiryu_before.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Naoji Ito (left) after collecting the tree, and Saburo Kato, working on it in his garden, Mansei En. These photos give you a better idea of the massive size of the Flying Dragon…[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_3_1.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]

Top section of the tree. Beautiful interplay between foliage and deadwood.

[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_3.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Trunk detail, with it’s marvellous twists and deadwood.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/other_17.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]

Juniper and White Pine…

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A glimpse down one of the many rows of incredible trees.

[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_7.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]The juniper above has some incredibly fluid deadwood, like wood flowing as water…[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_8.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]A twisting shoulder of deadwood.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_9.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]The wave-like flow. [/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_10.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]The tree and display above was particularly impressive. The lightning strike of the scroll on black added to the dark and imposing mood of the tree. Tosho are one of my favourite species, both due to the incredible pad detail that can be achieved, casting light/dark areas throughout, and perhaps the best deadwood of any tree species.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_12.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]The base, just look at that deadwood.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_11.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]A shot from the left hand side to give you a better idea of the scale of this masterpiece….[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_6.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]An elegant ‘Mother & child’ juniper.[/cs_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeGRoFD-ty4″ hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” loop=”false” poster=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Video of another stunning juniper, giving you a better feel for the detail you often can’t convey in stills.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_5.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]A famous Juniper rock planting.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_4.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Elegant large juniper.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_13.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]

Awesome Juniper from the Funayama Collection.

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Beautiful pad positioning.

[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_15.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Semi-cascade Juniper.[/cs_text][cs_text]One of the (many) things I studied on trees at the WBC was grafting. It is always so well done that it can be very hard to spot. Always trying to improve our own junipers, I’m looking to where and at what angles the grafts are positioned. Below you can see where a graft was placed to create a pad at the bottom front of the cascading branch, helping to break the line of the deadwood.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/juniper_16.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Detail of old graft union.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/shimpaku_wbc17.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Awesome wave-like cascade.[/cs_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSpbv0LcNuc” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” loop=”false” poster=””][cs_text]Video footage of the juniper above, it’s a great tree! Those foliage pads are so dense, and so vibrant, it made the tree stand out from the other end of the display…[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/shimpaku_wbc17_2.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Closer shot of the mid-section.[/cs_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwGpYjYm1PM” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” loop=”false” poster=””][cs_text]A couple of Ezo Spruce now… The footage of the one above is a famous old tree, while the vid below takes you through the details of another fantastic ezo. [/cs_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj2crCl4TNA” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” loop=”false” poster=””][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/other_23.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Ezo Spruce buds.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/other_20.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]A fine old Yew with it’s vibrant spring shoots.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_29.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Saburo Kato’s famous Ezo forest!! Check the vid below for a better feel for it, and for scale…[/cs_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9tp8_lXCd0″ hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” loop=”false” poster=””][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_24.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Detail of Hinoki rock planting. These cypress looked sooo old on this rock.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_27.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]

And the lower section.

[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_21.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Crazy big spreading Satsuki azalea. The branch structure is incredible.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_22.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Looking in and upward.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_28.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Beautiful spring yew foliage.[/cs_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KYZVl9pWoo” hide_controls=”true” autoplay=”false” no_container=”true” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” loop=”false” poster=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Video of an incredibly well ramified Beech![/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/beech_1.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Right hand side.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/beech_3.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]Love the sharpness to Beech buds in winter.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_31.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]A massive Ezo spruce. The trunk was bigger than the width of my waist… Looking at the photo you’d never guess the size of this beast.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://adrianbirdbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/other_30.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-center”]My favourite variety of maple, a huge Shishigashira. Very impressive![/cs_text][cs_text]Next up, some amazing trees from the trade stand section of the WBC in Saitama, cheers![/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]