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Peter Tea was kind of enough to give me copies of the some 500 photographs that he took on his trip to Kokufu-ten this year and is gracious enough to allow us to post some of these photos for your enjoyment.  Today, we will be showing you a few photos from Shinji Suzuki’s nursery in Obuse.  Peter and the guys headed up there for a visit before Kokufu opened.  It looks mighty cold as you will see in some later photos.    This post will be in two parts and we will also post a catalog of photos to make it easier to reference them; that link will be shown in Post 2.

Shinji Suzuki - his famous Tosho

Shinji Suzuki - his famous Tosho

We want you to pay attention to all of these photos and notice how clean the benches are without a spot of weeds or leaves.  According to those that have under gone an apprenticeship with him this is one of their daily chores – to clean up!  We really appreciate the effort to see how well kept his garden, stands and greenhouses are maintained.

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

A very beautiful black pine.  Look at the bark in this next photo; different tree than the one above.

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

So what do you think of this deadwood?

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

This reminds us of the freeway under and overpasses in Los Angeles, CA.

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

A fine juniper with very full foliage.  I think in America sometimes we reduce the foliage a bit too much.  Thoughts?

Shinji Suzuki

Shinji Suzuki

One thing for sure, if this tree wasn’t in the greenhouse it would be a significantly different color!

A pristine backyard.

A pristine backyard.

This level of cleanliness is something to strive for in our gardens.  Of course it helps to have apprentices.

A Japanese version of the smiley face!

A Japanese version of the smiley face!

More in the next day or so…

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