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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Peter Tea on August 13, 2011, 01:47 AM

Title: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Peter Tea on August 13, 2011, 01:47 AM
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to share with everybody that Aichien Bonsai Nursery in Nagoya Japan is now offering short term Apprenticeship Programs. ;D  If you would like more information, please visit:

 BonsaiAichien.com (http://BonsaiAichien.com)

Thank you
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: T-Town Bonsai on August 13, 2011, 11:01 AM
Oh to be younger and single.
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: John Kirby on August 13, 2011, 11:49 AM
I'd go, but I think Peter would torture me.........
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: andrew on August 13, 2011, 01:07 PM
You really cant be the price.  400 for one week is a great deal.   
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Alain Bertrand on August 13, 2011, 03:21 PM
Yes and no.
While visiting a top class nursery, I talked with the owner for quite a while ( I speak fluently Japanese) and he proposed me to come to help them only  for 2 or 3 weeks if I could not stay longer, for free. He also told me that this offer was opened to anyone who could at least speak, at least, a little Japanese.
One more reason to learn Japanese, beside its obvious cultural interest ;)
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: MatsuBonsai on August 13, 2011, 03:53 PM
Peter,

Thanks for posting this. I might seriously consider it next year.
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Treebeard55 on August 13, 2011, 05:52 PM
What T-town said!
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Peter Tea on August 14, 2011, 04:50 AM
I'd go, but I think Peter would torture me.........

Naw, I wouldn't do that...    ;)

In response to Alan:

The price is incredibly cheap.  Food and a place to stay is included, and you can work whenever you want.  We are hear to actively teach you Bonsai and want you to have a good time learning it. 

A regular free apprenticeship (such as what I'm going through) is work, work, work.  When you're done, they tell you you didn't work fast enough.  They also expect you to learn from experience and observation and are never obligated to sit down and teach you.  There's more but I won't get into the whole meaning of what it is to be an apprentice in Japan.

Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Chrisl on August 14, 2011, 09:46 AM
I too would love to go.  $4k for 3 mos??  I agree, $300/wk is a great deal.  I just wish I could go.  Sounds very intriguing and a fantastic learning experience.   I'm envious Peter ;))
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Alain Bertrand on August 15, 2011, 02:26 AM
In response to Alan:
Peter, I am not criticizing the price, if you read me the first word of the sentence  was "yes".  I just bring here an information  that may of some interest to those who would like to learn bonsai for a short while and don't mind working like a dog during their stay.
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: MatsuBonsai on August 15, 2011, 07:30 AM
Alain,

I would love to read the details for the program, in your own thread, one not dedicated to Aichien.
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: kenny on September 01, 2011, 10:31 AM
I'd go, but I think Peter would torture me.........

Just think of John as your personal chef. You could have BBQ Armadillo daily! =)
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: John Kirby on September 01, 2011, 10:34 AM
I only use fresh, dewired, prunings of medium to large bonsai for fuel. Armadillos are extra.
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Buffrider on September 01, 2011, 03:27 PM
wish i could go do just a week.... but i got a wife and now a 3 month old. Oh i wish i would have been into this before i got married..... lol.
So yall are saying that they are offering a free stay at one as long as i speak some japanese?
Title: Re: Apprenticeship program at Aichien
Post by: Peter Tea on September 01, 2011, 08:08 PM

So yall are saying that they are offering a free stay at one as long as i speak some japanese?

You don't need to know any Japanese if you come to Aichien.  Please visit BonsaiAichien.com (http://BonsaiAichien.com) for more info.  Thanks!