Bonsai Gardens of Japan, or... How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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It wasn't a bonsai themed trip, but it was certainly at the top of my list of things to do. I made the obligatory pilgrimage to Omiya, but I had the most interest in seeing the gardens of Kimura, Kobayashi and Suzuki. Luckily, my travels took me to Nagano Prefecture, where Suzuki is located, because his garden is one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen. And they were closed the day I went - had to talk my way in using Google Translate!

We'll start with Omiya Bonsai Museum and Omiya Bonsai Village:
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In the main courtyard, you weren't allowed to take photos as you pleased, only from one slightly elevated gazebo near the center... strange rules.
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incredible. thanks for sharing.
 

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I recognize at least a couple of trees that I first viewed for the first time over 20 years ago. Before the internet was a thing, you either had to see them in person (I'll get there eventually :)) or own a bonsai magazine... Bonsai Today was my choice back then. These are the trees that really set the bonsai hook in me and there isn't really anything over here (yet) that rivals them. From what I can tell, they continue to age well. Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures... fantastic!
 
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