This powerful pine was not one of the winners at the recent 2015 Kokufu en Bonsai Exhibition (widely considered the most prestigious bonsai exhibition in the world). In fact, it wasn’t even on of the entries. It was rather, one of hundreds (if not thousands) of amazing bonsai you might find in the sale area that accompanied the Exhibition. This photo and the other photos in this post are from Bill Valavanis Bonsai Blog.
I am continually amazed how much Bill Valavanis accomplishes as a result of his lifelong bonsai passion. I won’t say much more except that you can see some of what Bill has been up to by visiting his blog (Welcome to My Bonsai World). You could also subscribe to his magazine (International Bonsai Magazine). Or visit his bonsai nursery (International Bonsai Arboretum). Or make plans to visit his 2016 U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition (or purchase the 2012 album). Or do all of the above.
It’s not completely clear to me, but I believe that all the photos shown here are from the Ueno Green Club’s market near the 2015 Kokufu Exhibition (someone, probably Bill, will clue us in if I am mistaken). In any case, they are all borrowed from recent posts on Bill’s blog. They represent but a small fraction of Bill’s photos, so I suggest you click you way over to view more Green Club, Kokufu and other photos from Japan. You can also read what Bill has to say about the Green Club.
Another monster pine.
Another extraordinary bonsai for sale. Too bad we can’t read the price tag.
Lot’s of pots for sale to, though they don’t all stand out quite as much as these two.
All of the photos in this post are by Bill Valavanis.