This is a piece with enormous potential. It has been a bonsai for about 10 years at least already. I got it exactly twelve months ago. And potted it into this new container right away without touching it any further. Last season it developed very small weak needle pads.. Today I plucked lots of needles, edited the crown slightly and worked on the deadwood part. Now I will leave this tree alone for a full year and style it in summer of 2010. The straight trunk in the upper part has to get bent. This is major operation and requires a very healthy tree. otherwise I will cease to cooperate, I am afraid.