Today we continue the post on Shinji Suzuki. For those that would prefer to see larger photos you can go this page.
What an incredible juniper in the back. How would you like this sitting on your bench in the garden?
Would you classify this as bunjin? It is one of our favorite styles.
A beautiful job of needle pulling. A critical task to balancing the energy in black pines.
A beautiful pot supported by this frame so there are no accidental tumbles. Notice the pads to protect the pot strategically placed around the tree.
A very fine Stewartia.
Tyler begins his apprenticeship next month. He has been working with Boon who assisted in obtaining Tyler’s apprenticeship. You might better understand his smile in this photo now!
Well what trip to Shinji Suzuki could be complete without a few snow monkey photos. Pay particular attention to the last one as there is quite a story attached to it.
The small brown spots are food which is the reason most of the monkeys have their heads down.
One of the things they tell you when visiting is do not look the make monkeys in the eyes! This is considered to be an aggressive behavior and they will respond. So see the apple in his hands? Well just shortly before this photo was taken it was in Boon’s. Boon had decided to eat a snack. Unfortunately, so did this fellow. He ran by Boon and grabbed the apple from his hand. Advancing about 6 feet in front of them he stopped and stared at Peter, Boon and Jeff. They were so surprised they stared back at him. So – he began to advance on them. Who do you think blinked? Well the three boys that is whom. And so upon averting their eyes this male stopped his advance.
According to Peter, he made quick work of this apple and then noticed something about Peter. Peter had a rice ball in his hand. Well before Peter could blink, or more accurately run, he leapt and grabbed the rice ball from Peter’s hand and had the second course in his meal. Hearing Peter tell this story almost brought us to tears we laughed so hard.
KJ and I hope all of you make it to Suzuki’s one day. You will find the trip worth the effort even if it is in winter.