Sunday, June 16, 2013


The Honorable Master Walter Pall

Tanuki are into controversy in South East Asia

That we've been waiting from you, in fact, what it Tanuki?

What can Tanuki and Bonsai pitted in a contest?

Is it different Tanuki and Deadwood?

Thank you Master

Best Regards



there are several degrees of tanuki.

One can take a big interesting piece of deadwood and combine it with a young plant to mimic a very old tree with lots of natural deadwood. This is something that many people do. Most do it for fun and most of the time it looks terrible because it is obvious and one sees it immediately. This kind of tree never should be exhibited at all.

Sometimes it is done well so that even an expert fins it difficult to tell. This is fine. This kind of tree can be exhibited but it should be mentioned that it is a tanuki.

Then there are cases when a bit of deadwood is added to a tree which already has deadwood. This is also fine. Most of the time it is not mentioned that this is a tanuki.

Sometimes two trees which are alive are fixed together to look like one tree. Also this is fine if it looks well.

Tanuki is a cheat, a lie. Bonsai art itself is a cheat, a lie, it creates the illusion of an old tree while the tree is young. To paint one's face, eyes and lips and hair is a cheat , a lie. So why do so many people get away with it? Well, if done well and if it looks good then it is OK. But nobody believes it is for real. Where does the lying start? Where does it end? How much of a lie is too much?

I believe that more famous trees than one wants to believe are tanukis of partial tanukis.



Marc said...

Do you have an example of a famous tree that is a tanuki? They are hard to find on Google.

Walter Pall said...


to call a famuos tre a tanuki is like calling someone a liar in public. I am not in a position to do this.

Marc said...

I understand. Your connection with the bonsai world is much bigger than mine. Still, it makes me curious though.

Anonymous said...

many tanuki 'hanging around' in google


Marc said...

Pretty sure about that, but I wanted to which bonsai is a tanuki. Obviously, we should leave it in the middle.

Anonymous said...

Tanuki is a fake...

Anonymous said...

A famous Japanese master was sued a while ago by a client for selling him a Tanuki. We all know his name...

Marc said...

Ow? Let me guess... Mr Miyagi?