The Aichi-en Bonsai Nursery is owned by Jun who is the son-in-law of Toru Suzuki of Daiju En Bonsai Garden. Saichi Suzuki, Toru’s grandfather, was responsible for popularizing decandling techniques on Japanese Black Pines. Aichi-en is where our friend Peter Tea will begin his apprenticeship program starting in March, 2011.
To view these and more images of the Aichi-en nursery, please click this link.
Does anyone see the very small maple that has been grafted to the roots in the above photo?
It appears they are grafting small Japanese Maple on this nebari of this tree for the purpose of filling in the gaps. I assume this technique is also done in America even though I have only seen this done once or twice. Anyone who has used this successfully here in the U.S.?
Notice the Bunzan pot. His pots are very distinctive.
This next photo is from Toru Suzuki’s nursery. We thought you might like to see a white pine in a $45,000 or 3,675,000 Yen pot.
We are going to miss Peter but hope to see some great photos from him while he is in Japan. Peter is one of the best young talents in the U.S. and has been trained by Boon; I have lost count at how many young men Boon has taught and then helped them gain apprenticeships in Japan. It says a great deal about Boon’s character and his love for bonsai. We can’t wait for Peter to return but we do look forward to seeing him next year in Japan at Kokufu-ten.