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Esprit Bonsai International

Esprit Bonsai International No. 100

Esprit Bonsai international is for everyone who loves, practises and wants to progress in the art of bonsai, with a respect for trees and nature. It is a magazine by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, which is not content simply to present techniques and great masters, but which also asks questions about the place of bonsai within the world, our lives and our daily rituals, and presents suiseki, kusamono and other arts around bonsai.

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our 100th issue!

When we published the first issue of Esprit Bonsaï in French, 16 years ago almost to the day, we hadn’t dreamed of reaching issue number 100! The magazine went international in September 2014, with issue 72, and Esprit Bonsai International is now available only in digital form. We offer you our heartfelt thanks for all the years that you’ve been with us. Because it is of course thanks to you, our readers, that this magazine exists. Without readers, there would be no magazine! We also offer warm thanks to our authors, some of whom have been contributing since the very first issue of the magazine’s French version: without authors, there would be nothing to read. To celebrate this landmark occasion, we have come up with a collection of articles that…

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esprit bonsai international

Publishing Director: Christian Fournereau– Editor in Chief: Michèle Corbihan – Art Director: Antoine Simon – Designers to Layout: Stéphanie Grevet, Benjamin Madelainne.– Translators: Abigail Grater, Nichola Lewis – Contributors to this issue: Marie Albessard, Louis-Victor Bourdeau, Xavier Dreux, Damien Dufour, Janine Droste, Marija Hajdic, Gilbert Labrid, Soazic Le Franc, Ryan Neil, Marette Renaudin, Isabel Ribeiro, Antonio Ricchiari, Anne Royer, Alex Rudd, Tony Tickle, Marcel Vrignaud, Peter Warren. – Advertising: Manon Foustoul +33297 248152 – Retail and Professional: MagalieRous+33297593766– Accounts: Anne Le Crom +33297593761 – Sales Inspection: Pagure Presse Tel: +33144699282 – Reprographics: Antoine Simon – Setting and Printing: Rectiligne…

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IN FRANCE The 2020 convention of the Fédération française de bonsa (French Bonsai Federation), will take place on 23 to 24 May, in the small commune of Vivierau-Court, famous for its place in the history of metallurgy in the Ardennes. One hundred of the federation’s finest trees will be exhibited, along with a display of suiseki. There will also be demonstrations and a professional market. • IN BELGIUM Make a note of this date! The 21st Trophy will be held Between 29 February and 1 March, 2020 at Genk in Belgium. Minoru Akiyama (JP), Ryan Neil (USA), Mauro Stemberger (IT) and Tony Tickle (UK) will be the guest of honour. Luigi Maggioni from Italy will give a lecture on shohin on the Sunday morning. As well as trees, suiseki and pots will also…

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Advanced Bonsai Course Following on from the first advanced bonsai course, Bjorn Bjorholm, the North American artist, and Bonsai Empire published their latest online tutorial, the second part of the “Advanced Bonsai Course 2”, on 20 April. The course is in two parts: the first is devoted to technique and the second is a very advanced, highly detailed, display tutorial! Bjorn Bjorholm shows us how to identify the living vein from the dead wood before cleaning the wood; how to tell the difference between old dead wood and new, and then, how to create a shari on a juniper for example. He gives an in-depth explanation of how the pads of a pine are constructed, so that the amateur fully understands how the tree functions and the consequences of the actions performed.…

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In our article on LAB, in the news section of edition no. 99, the caption indicates that the photo is of a stand made by Austin Heitzman, but it is actually a container by Ron Lang. The photo is Courtesy of Bonsai Mirai. Perhaps this confusion is a reflection of the creativity and innovation of the artists concerned! Please accept our excuses for these errors. The photo showing Ryan Neil working on a tree and onlookers Ron Lang and Austin Heitzman is by Timothy Aguero Photography for Pacific Bonsai Museum.…

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what will bonsai be like in 100 years?

Making predictions about the future is fraught with difficulty. Take the case of Horace Rackham who was one of the original investors in Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company. Before investing, he went to the Michigan Savings Bank to ask for advice. The president of the bank told him: “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” In predicting the future of bonsai, by looking at how bonsai in Japan has developed over the centuries and the very high level it now commands, we may find some indication as to the direction it could take elsewhere. Trees that have been developed over many generations; a network of nurseries providing material to be developed into bonsai; potters and table makers and a number of prestige…