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  1. bleumeon

    Sweating Trees

    In Japan right now, but while I was still in Socal I would tarp up all my coast and cork live oaks after repotting. All survived but my sick oak and produced very good back budding. Unfortunately my smaller coast live oak was just too weak with many problems from the previous year and died.
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    New bonsai garden, including koi pond!

    I'll take you up on that offer! At some point I'll make the visit.
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    New bonsai garden, including koi pond!

    Cool pond! I look forward to seeing the end product.
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    Shimpaku junipers are not sargentii

    There's no standalone m sound in Japanese. Shinpaku is the correct spelling. It's just what happens when people try to phonetically spell words from another language. There is an official phonetic spelling of Japanese syllables which is called romanji. Either way I don't think it really matters...
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    Master Tsai

    Thank you for the kind words @sorce . I'm no master yet haha. I received lots of verbal support heading into Japan but your gesture really stood out among them. Not many people will take the time of day to make and sell something on behalf of a stranger. I really wanted to show my gratitude with...
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    Recommendations for a bonsai tour operator in Japan.

    Hey @PiñonJ , I can definitely show you around Kouka-en, but we're in the Kansai area relatively far from all the Tokyo area nurseries and Omiya Village. If you're planning on visiting definitely head up there! Lots of great nurseries in somewhat close proximity. Out in the Kansai area...
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    Black and white pines styled by me

    Thanks Wilson! Bonsai has been a fun journey and has helped me through some stressful times. I remember my first post here 4 years ago asking for help on a foemina. Smoke was the first person to give me advice and refer me. Still have a lot to learn and improve on though. Apprenticeship has made...
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    Black and white pines styled by me

    I've been styling back to back to back to back pines at Kouka-en the past few months. It's been great to get lots of experience with them, as less than year prior I barely touched and decandled a black pine for the first time volunteering at the Huntington Gardens. I'm happy to learn and improve...
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    Please Share your Photos

    I've never seen a spider drop line and catch a fly mid air before.
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    Magnolia Liliiflora

    Glad you guys liked it! I know its only a snipet in the overall picture of development, but as I work on more projects and accumulate more experience I hope to fill in the blanks.
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    Japanese Tulip

    Glad the article was helpful. I'm learning how to develop them myself and as I figure out some of their nuances I'm happy to share information.
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    Magnolia Liliiflora

    New write up on my blog where I do refinement and repotting on a magnolia! Super stoked to be able to work on this species. I will definitely look to grow these when I return stateside. https://bontsai.com/2019/04/11/refining-and-repotting-a-magnolia-mokuren/
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    Monterey Cypress (full styling from nursery material)

    Haha I'm suprised people are still following this tree! I've actually since moved to Japan to pursue an apprenticeship. Most of my trees have been sold or are in the care of others, but I left this one with my parents! After seeing my keen interest in bonsai, they decided to get involved...
  14. bleumeon

    Bjorn on Bonsai Design

    Of course, abusing my senpai privileges ;) Don't have much time to post nowadays but I still lurk and pop in time from time lol. Apprenticing has definitely been a challenging experience in several aspects, but it's great to be able to learn from very skilled senpai's and work on trees everyday.
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    White Pine Styled

    Hello Nutters, I love the bnut site but its been hard to post. First because of school, and now because of my apprenticeship in Japan. I recently finished styling a white pine and I'm relatively happy how it turned out. Things are beginning to become more intuitive and the quality of my work is...
  16. bleumeon

    Nihon Bonsai Taikanten

    https://www.facebook.com/julian.tsai.585/media_set?set=a.10212034077359334&type=3 public album, files are big and theres a 10 picture max. I attached some of my favorites:
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    Nihon Bonsai Taikanten

    It was great to meet Martin and some others. I have a lot of pictures, I'll try to upload them to the bnut site sometime.
  18. bleumeon

    Nandina Bamboo

    I've since sold the tree but here is the last picture I took of it. Honestly liked the tree a lot. Had to give it up and some others to move to Japan.
  19. bleumeon

    Apprenticeship

    Here is are before and afters of my work the past 2 weeks. Have been improving rapidly and learning a lot with each tree I work on.
  20. bleumeon

    Apprenticeship

    Oyakata wanted an instagram so here it is lol. The part time worker and I will put up posts daily. Almost all photos taken by me. Will post before and afters here and random stuff going around the nursery: https://www.instagram.com/fujikawakoukaen/
  21. bleumeon

    Apprenticeship

    Whoops double post
  22. bleumeon

    Apprenticeship

    Uhh okay? This doesn't really make sense. I can read some Japanese.
  23. bleumeon

    Apprenticeship

    Not even close lol. My college major and previous job is a complete 180 to the apprenticeship haha. I may be a little crazy...
  24. bleumeon

    Apprenticeship

    Well here's a update of my recent adventures! For those not on facebook and instagram, I've uploaded my work on my website so you can see before and afters of projects I've done: https://bontsai.com/2018/08/28/into-the-mountains/
  25. bleumeon

    Apprenticeship

    It's been awhile since I last posted. First I was crazy busy with college and graduating and now I'm crazy busy apprenticing at Kouka-en o_O I love the nuthouse, but basically I have no free time now or if I do I spend it studying Japanese so I won't be posting often anymore. Things are a bit...
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