An old Black pine at Aichi-en bonsai nursery, after Peter Tea worked on it for three days.
Peter Tea is an American bonsai artist who recently became an apprentice at Aichi-en in Japan. Aichi-en, which is known for primarily for Black pine bonsai, is owned and operated by Mr. Junichiro Tanaka. One thing that makes Peter’s apprenticeship particularly interesting, is his on-going chronicle (blog) of his experience at Aichi-en. Peter is not the first to write about his apprenticeship (see Michael Hagedorn’s excellent book: Post-Dated – The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk), but so far, what he is doing is the most thorough (as far as I can tell, anyway), with regular posts that are rich in content, including remarkable photos. This post shows a few of Peter’s photos. For more, all you have to do is click here.
What does Oyakata mean?
Peter calls Mr. Tanaka ‘Oyakata‘, but that’s another story.
Peter offers a little tip on cleaning up White pine needles.