dinsdag 18 september 2012
maandag 17 september 2012
It has been a while since i posted. i still have to post some pictures and tell some experiences from my trip at Shunka-en. It was a dream come true. Visisted kokufu-ten, seeing wonderfull trees, learning a lot, had a taste of the japanese culture and delicious food and most important of all made new friends. Mostly after our work we still worked a little on trees or just were sitting in the working area or apprentice house close to the stove having a lot of laughs and deep conversations(about bonsai and other guy talk). Here is a picture of Peter Warren fooling around.With in the back Akiyama-san. Here is Jin-san AKA The japanese Harry potter :D I have to say i really had a lot of laughs and interesting discussions with Peter, in Japan i really learned a lot of his visions and not only his visions in bonsai, he truly is a wise,modest man. And i really have to thank him a lot for the things he did for me. Here for example is one of those nights we were just discussing in the working area. Peter bought himself a little white pine with the foliage type Nasu Musume, it has really little tight foliage. He asked me what i thought of this little tree. I told him it wasn't that bad. He told me i had to look more at poor quality trees as they can offer greater opportunity for making profit. So he took a cutter and with one snip ... the pine looked like this, totally different and better. (Peter i hope you don't mind i borrowed your pictures) :D Also with a tosho i was working on he gave me some pointers, just little changes that make a different and better impression. So my trip was almost to end and Oyakata asked me if i wanted to assist him in a picture demonstration for a Satsuki magazine. This was a honor for me.(to be continued...) The day appeared i had to take my flight back to home , before leaving i thanked everyone and said goodbye. Oyakata came with a present , he gave me 2 of his books signed by him saying he is my oyakata and i have to keep in touch. After Peter brought me to the airpot back to Belgium. I left Japan with mixed feelings,I was glad to see my family back but will miss Japan and Shunka-en. After in March i organised a deadwood workshop with Will Baddeley. Will is a close friend to me who thought many techniques by his own that's influenced by Kevin willson's deadwoodtechnique and styling. He has a passion for working on native trees. He first had to give a demonstration on wednesday at Noelanders his club. For the demonstration he brought himself a nice twisted Hawthorn. And some other trees of his private collection to tell how these trees developed over time.