Monday, June 4, 2012

A Japanese delegation in my garden

Today I was visited by a Japanese delegation from the city of Saitama (Omiya). Led by Hatsuji Kato , the son of Saburo Kato and owner of Mansei En in Omiya, they visited a few places in Europa and I had the great honor of being part of that. Most fortunately it was dry and we even had a little sunshine after hefty rainfall during the past 24 hours.












11 comments:

Marc said...

Were they suprised with your way of doing bonsai? In your videos, you often say that you're doing a lot that the Japanese would never do because of their rules and dogma's.

Walter Pall said...

They seemed to have been quite interested in my philosophy as far as I could explain. And they could hardly beleive my horticultural practices.

Marc said...

You mean like your method of heavy feeding and watering combining it with modern substrate?

Walter Pall said...

Yes, and especially that I would cut a precious maple that was at Kokufu Ten with a hedge pruner within ten minutes twice a year. And that I still would get very fine structure and quality as soon as the foliage is off.

Maros Belan said...

Nice visit, Kato has nice spuces did they liked yours? They liked your naturalistic style in general?

Walter Pall said...

They were very much interested in my spruce. On several occasions they mentioned that they liked some unusual trees very much.

Marc said...

I've pruned a shohin with a hedge pruner once. It was not a big succes, but the tree still lives. A lot of people still forget that even an Kokufu Ten bonsai is nothing more than a tree. Why should you spend a week doing a large tree with a pair of scissors? Enfin, let't hope that the Japanese now realise that there's more than meets the eye in Europe and that hopefully the naturalistic style is making a comeback. I love this way more than the "normal" bonsai styles.

Walter Pall said...

The visit was mentioned on the Saitama city blog the saem evening:

http://www.stib.jp/mogitate/2012/06/omiyabonsai12.html

They apparently have also read this blog here.

Anonymous said...

As you often say yourself, the beautiful results of your techniques speak for themselves!

Walter Pall said...

Well, I am not so sure whether they din't think that I am a madman :-)

Xtol Lord said...

Well all artists are madman in their own right :) At least its a folly I'm willing to get into :P