Thanks to Peter Tea, we have some photos to share with you today from the Green Club at Kokufu 2011. We are always amazed at the quality and quantity of the items for sale at this show. Perhaps one day this will be the same in America.
For those that want to jump straight to all of the photos here is the link.
Can anyone spot the Tofukuji pot? This dealer always has a fine collection of pots, intermixed with a few trees and stands. We are searching for an old white suiban (well Peter and Jeff are trying to find it for us) but no luck this year at this dealer’s stand.
Look at the Tamari stone (pool) in the back. We hope to get the price of this stone later today and if we do we will update the post. Update: Peter indicated this stone was 250,000 Yen or $3,000. Nice stone but beyond our budget. 😦
We spent about an hour going through three photographs of his stones. There were a couple that we liked but we have two other stones that are a priority for us first.
We see these for sale every once in a while. This suiseki appears to have been around a while judging from the kiri-bako box and the few scars on the daiza. Update: Well this one is listed at 210,000 Yen or $2,500. Seems a bit high to us but it is at the Green Club. Too bad we aren’t there as this might make a good last day purchase at a much better price!
We saw an incredibly beautiful Harda Houn doban in WABI for sale at 300,000 Yen or so. This doban above doesn’t quite have the copper patina of the Houn but we do love how something made so long ago can still be treasured and used effectively with a good suiseki. Don’t you?
Well Peter is helping us to acquire a few things, if the prices are in our range, so we want to thank he and Jeff again for helping us this year. It is pretty tough with the time differential and the fact there is no wi-fi in the hotel! But Peter still found a way to send us 38 images of goodies to look at for a few hours. We hope you will enjoy some of his photos as well.
Also, Happy Anniversary KJ – I love you!
P.S. Yoshi and Maki just to let you know how much we appreciated the flowers you delivered to our hotel room in Tokyo last year while we were celebrating our anniversary in Japan. It meant a great deal to KJ and me.