Second Annual National Toko Kazari

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The competition is over and the winners have been announced. Some of the names to watch for...
Ted Matson, Boon Manakitivipart, Jim Gremel, Inga Woelfel, Seji Shiba and Peter Tea.

I will post them here after I prepare the photo's.

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Not familiar with toko kazari. Can you explain what this is?
 

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Not familiar with toko kazari. Can you explain what this is?

Here is a link to the event web page http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/events/kazari2010.html

In addition the Clark Center was having their Spring Festival yesterday so there were many activities and demonstrations such as Taiko Drums and Kendo. With reservations you could get a tour of the private Japanese garden of the Clark family led by a landscape architect. I really enjoyed that. The weather was wonderful. The Kazari displays were interesting.

Here is the Spring Festival schedule if you have any interest http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/events/spring2010.html

Al came home with some cash!
 
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Here is a link to the event web page http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/events/kazari2010.html

In addition the Clark Center was having their Spring Festival yesterday so there were many activities and demonstrations such as Taiko Drums and Kendo. With reservations you could get a tour of the private Japanese garden of the Clark family led by a landscape architect. I really enjoyed that. The weather was wonderful. The Kazari displays were interesting.

Here is the Spring Festival schedule if you have any interest http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/events/spring2010.html

Al came home with some cash!

Don't spill the beans we have to have a contest first.
 

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It is coming...

I will post each display and give the forum the chance to view the displays much the same way the judges had to. Study the pictures and try to communicate with each artist as they pour their heart out with a blank Tokonoma.

I just needed some time to decompress. Three days at 12 to 14 hours a day is really a grind. Especially if it is the third bonsai related weekend in a row. I still have one more weekend to go and then I can mow my lawn. It was last mowed last November.
 

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It is coming...

I still have one more weekend to go and then I can mow my lawn. It was last mowed last November.

Yikes! You may need to borrow a hay baler from a local farmer. Don't hurt yourself or burn up your mower.
I think I speak for all by saying thanks in advance for taking the time to post pics of the event. Always a great learning experience. Thanks Al.
Mary B.
 

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Go Green with a few goats.....
 

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Wow. Some serious prize money...
 

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OK here we go.

Study the photo's. Think of these as a display. Toko Kazari is the art of Tokonoma display. It is not about who has the best tree. IT IS about who has conveyed the clearest message.

There were twelve in all that could be judged. Fifteen is the limit for the Museum. Three were not judged for various reasons.

Prizes were given to third. I do not know the ranking past third so don't ask. I was told it was not necessary. Pick your three and rank them. Give a little background into your choices. I am curious how this will turn out.

OK the results:

First place, 2,500.00 dollars No. 2 Katsumi Kinoshita
Second place, 1,000.00 dollars No. 4 Al Keppler
Third place, 500.00 no. 9 Seiji Shiba
 
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Kazari no. 1


these are in no particular order.....
Artist: Joe James
Title; "Evening Tide"
 

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Kazari no. 2
Artist; Katsumi Kinoshita
Title; "Lakeside"
 

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Kazari no. 3
Artist; Ted Matson
Title; "To Dream"
 

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Kazari no. 4
Artist; Al Keppler
Title; "Morning Meditation"
 

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Kazari no. 5
Artist; Southern Utah Bonsai Society
Title; "Touryumon" (life's Barriers)
 

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Kazari no. 6
Artist; Ralph Schroeder
Title; "Escape to Tranquility"
 

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Kazari no. 7
Artist; Peter Tea
Title; "Another year another adventure"
 

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