I picked up this JBP Kotobuki at a local nursery today. It’s humble material, but will allow me to start learning how to work with JBPs. My thoughts were to let it grow for a while to thicken up the trunk. Eventually, I thought chopping at the red line and using the branch with the green arrow as the new leader would be a reasonable course of action. While letting it grow I was thinking I would want to remove the branches above the red line, leaving the apex, to allow the lower branches that will be kept to develop more robustly. Am I on, or close to, the right track? And would it be best to wait for fall to remove the branches? Or can that be done mid-summer?