Would you call this a Bunjin style bonsai? Whatever you call it, you don't see too many bonsai that look like this. Even most bunjin are not quite like this; most are conifers and most don't have such a meandering array of multiple trunks, especially multiple crossing trunks. And then there's the leaf size (is this a Sumac?).
Without a doubt… Back to our the archives. But not to just any old post; this one from 2012 provoked what was and still is, without a doubt, the best discussion we’ve ever had (in six and a half years and over 1,000 posts). It’s included, word for word (blow by blow) in its full splendor below the line at the bottom of this post. I invite you to take a look.
I’ve long had a soft spot for the type of bonsai shown here. The uncontrived elegance that shows no concern for our current interest in muscular trunks, wide nebaris, carved wood… even most bunjin bonsai don’t quite go where these trees seem to go (Kyuzo Murata‘s early to mid-twentieth century Japan comes to mind).
All the trees in this post were on display at the Hanyu Uchikutei Exhibition. The photos were all lifted from Michael Bonsai’s facebook photos. I cropped and enlarged them for more close-up views. Thus the slightly fuzzy effect on some.
I think you would call this graceful beauty (full moon maple?) a bunjin, though you don't see many upright bunjin in cascade pots (or upright bonsai of any type in cascade pots), let alone deciduous bunjin. Speaking of the pot...
This one is a little closer to what you might expect in a bunjin style bonsai. After all, it's a conifer. But still, there's something quite unique about it. It reminds me of the tall narrow pines you see driving though central Florida.
Too subtle? I wonder if many bonsai enthusiasts would give a tree like this a second look. Is it another Full moon maple?
The comments from the original post are below.