Why a bonsai should look like a bonsai

Text and photos (C): Morten Albek After publishing a few comments are added due to a question raised at Facebook. Inserted comments to the article, edited March 14th are marked * For years it has been discussed if a bonsai should look like a tree in nature, or bonsai just looks like bonsai do. There even is…

Bonsai photos from many countries

Today I added bonsai photos from Europe, Brazil, China and Japan to a new photo section. From travels, workshops and demonstrations, visits at bonsai nurseries and private. Enjoy the photos.  

Shohin display workshop

Photos from the my recent workshop at the local club Vestjylland in Denmark, dealing with Shohin Bonsai display. Photos: Hans Jørgen Nielsen, Bonsaiværkstedet. ‪#‎photos‬ ‪#‎shohin‬ ‪#‎bonsai‬ ‪#‎bonsaivaerkstedet‬ ‪#‎denmark‬ ‪#‎display‬

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Celebrating Torben Pedersen.

Mini-bonsai (shohin) exhibition in China

The 2nd Mini-bonsai exhibition September 2014 in Changzhou Qinxin Garden was an experience and a surprise to me. I had not expected something like this when I was invited to China to be part of this event. At the exhibition I counted about 130 Mini-bonsai displays and many of high quality. Shohin- or Mini-bonsai, are growing rapidly in…

Shohin workshop 2 – displaying

At the Shohin workshop at the Bonsaiwerkstatt in Düsseldorf, Germany, we used the late Sunday part of the workshop to do some shohin presentations. There was a display rack available, and we used the trees already available through the workshop. So this was not a display by selected trees, but trying some displays with trees…

Haruyosi shohin display

There are many ways of setting up a shohin-bonsai display. Haruyosi from Japan has permitted that I share some of his Facebook and blog content to share experiences and his efforts with shohin-bonsai. I find this kind of sharing valuable because it opens our minds for other views than the common established way of seeing…

Say NO to RULES

We are still clinging to the bonsai rules thing. When we do not cope with the artistic freedom or maybe are afraid of failing, we can always say we did what we did, because the rules told us to do so. But the frightening truth is, there are no rules in bonsai. There may be…