Author Topic: Four Seasons of Bonsai - Kyuzo Murata  (Read 2452 times)

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Four Seasons of Bonsai - Kyuzo Murata
« on: November 22, 2011, 06:10 AM »
Good Morning All,

One of the books that I've really appreciated getting to know is Kyuzo Murata's Four Seasons of Bonsai. It has really helped me appreciate the joy of bonsai as a tree goes through its seasonal transformations. Bonsai is beautiful in all seasons and they can be appreciated in any season. I also appreciate that he has scattered throughout the book whimsical wildflowers and grasses. Born in 1902 Kyuzo Murata was a leading authority on bonsai in Japan and around the world. His nursery in Bonsai-cho, Omiya on the outskirts of Tokyo, was considered one of the finest in the world. He was born in Takayama, in central Japan and in 1988 the Japanese Ministry of Education awarded him the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun in recognition of his contribution to Japanese culture and society. He was the first bonsai master to receive this honor.

I do not know if the book is still in print. I picked my hard covered copy up on ebay for very reasonable price (under $10.00 with shipping). It was a originally owned by Timberland Regional Library in Olympia, WA.

Thought it might be fun to start a thread and post some pictures of trees that express the season we are in. Thinking of those with either fruit still on them, shimpaku with winter color etc. Anything that expresses their late fall and early winter beauty as our trees approach their period of resting through winter and getting ready for a new year.  Be creative - love to see some grasses etc.

Hope everyone participates, lets have some fun!

JRob
 

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Re: Four Seasons of Bonsai - Kyuzo Murata
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 06:54 AM »
Full-moon Japanese maple, Acer japonicum

Pink spindle tree, Euomymus sieboldiana 'Pink?'
 

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Re: Four Seasons of Bonsai - Kyuzo Murata
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 08:16 AM »
Pink spindle tree, Euomymus sieboldiana 'Pink?'
Hey Bill I am interested in knowing more about your spindle tree.  Do you get Fall leaf color, if so, yellow or red?  That is a great looking tree, especially with fruit on it.  I have some spindle trees with identical fruit but mine might be a different variety.  Thanks for posting the photos.
 

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Re: Four Seasons of Bonsai - Kyuzo Murata
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 07:49 PM »
Mr. Valavanis,

Absolutely Stunning!

Jeffrey

PS:I've included a picture of a miniature hosta in a small Jim Barrett pot that is 3X2-1/4X1/2". The pot is absolutely beautiful, the craftsmanship superb, the glaze spectacular and the feel in the hand amazing. The photo was taken in early fall before the leaves of the hosta began to change. I've been studying up on accent plantings and this pot will be redone this spring.

 

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Re: Four Seasons of Bonsai - Kyuzo Murata
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2011, 11:09 AM »
Shohin Acer palmatum "Shishigashira' - 4-1/2" tall. The slowest growing tree in my collection. Nodes extremely short. Love the way it is pooling at the base.

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2011, 11:14 AM »
Two more Shohin Acer palmatum. The cascade is 3" tall and retains its leavers longer than all my other Japanese Maples and the informal upright 5-1/2"

JRob

and a pic of the Cascade in the Spring of 2009
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2011, 11:26 AM »
A Shohin Cork Bark Elm done at Shohin St. Louis in May 2011 with Koji Hramatsu.

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Re: Four Seasons of Bonsai - Kyuzo Murata
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2011, 11:32 AM »
Finally Satsuki Togenkyo - one of the spider flower varieties. Stands 15-1/2" tall. Sorry about the name tags. Forgot to remove them.

JRob