This time of year we always look forward to Akio’s visit to Boon’s place.  They both studied at Kihachi-En, a famous bonsai garden in Japan.  Akio has won one of the very prestigious Nippon Bonsai Koku-Fu Awards.  One of the reasons KJ and I look forward to his visit, he brings some spectacular pots with him and we hurry over to review what he has brought from Japan.  We try to purchase a few pots from him when our budget allows.

We purchased four pots from him this year and those will be posted in a few days.  Today let’s look at several other pots he brought and appreciate their beauty.

Wakamatu Aiso

Wakamatu Aiso

We are not exactly sure how old this pot might be but we are going to guess more than 60 years old.  It is a small pot (~14cm) and has an excellent patina.  We really like small pots that have these type of feet as it helps to elevate the pot and give it a lighter feel.

Wakamatu Aiso Artist Mark

Wakamatu Aiso Artist Mark

A very complex mark, and perhaps someone who can read the details can inform us of the story it tells.  We often look for pots of this quality and they are very difficult to find.  The others pots by Aiso can be seen were in the Miyabi(Gafu-ten speciall book) on page 201.

Unknown Potter

Unknown Potter

We are unsure of the potter of this pot but KJ loves it.  It would need to be a very small accent plant or simply enjoyed on a display shelf.

Chinese Pot

Chinese Pot

This is a reasonably old, not antique, Chinese pot.  It is six sided and roughly 20cm in size. The clay reminds me of that used by Ryuen – smooth with a beautiful color.  This pot was available at 50,000 Yen.

Chinese Bonsai Pot

Chinese Bonsai Pot

A very nice shohin pot with a drawing on one side and text on the other.

Chinese Bonsai Pot

Chinese Bonsai Pot

Perhaps someone can translate the Chinese characters on this side.  A lovely old pot priced at 60,000 Yen.

Chinese Bonsai Pot

Chinese Bonsai Pot

Due to the conditions in which I was shooting this pot the above photograph doesn’t reflect the beautiful clay of this pot.  An unusual shape and frankly I’m not sure what one might put into it other than one Japanese Black Pine that a friend owns named the “Dragon” as it is a tree that comes up just an inch or so and then runs to the right in parallel with the top of the pot line.  Available at 50,000 Yen.

Chinese Bonsai Pot Artist Mark

Chinese Bonsai Pot Artist Mark

The artist mark belongs to this Chinese pot and perhaps one of our readers can identify the artist.

Stone Tanuki

Stone Tanuki

A tanuki, or Japanese Raccoon Dog. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shape-shifting, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded.   This is a carved stone and is available at 35,000 Yen.  The daiza appears to be rosewood but without an artist mark

Well it is fun to be blogging again – and collecting.  More pots in a few days.

 

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