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Kyosuke Gun Books
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:52 AM »
Kyosuke Gun, it is my understanding, has an exquisite series of books (10 volumes) with drawings of step-by-step how to create mini bonsai.  I used to have the information below, but can't locate that document, so I've recreated as best as I can.
Can anyone fill in the blanks?  Also, does anyone have any of these they'd be willing to part with ...or loan out?

Volume. English Name - Japanese name - 10 digit ISBN; 13 digit ISBN
1. Black Pine - Koromatsu - 4540900994; 9784540900990
2. Japanese Maple - Yamamomijii - 4540901281 9784540901287
3. Satsuki, Tsutsuji - 4540901389; 9784540901386
4. Shinpaku - 4540910701 9784540910708
5                - 4540910841; 9784540910845
6                - 454091104X; 9784540911040
7. Needle Juniper - Tosho - 4540911074 9784540911071
8. Trident Maple - Kaede - 4540911244 9784540911248
9. Zelkova - Keyaki - 4540920197 9784540920196
10.             - 4540920332; 9784540920332
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 09:54 AM »
6. Plum/Cherry - Gunsakaikai - 454091104X; 9784540911040
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2014, 09:57 AM »
5. Crabapple/Apple/Malus - Umemodoki  - 4540910841; 9784540910845
10. Choujubai/Quince - Gunsakaikai - 4540920332; 9784540920332


So, that completes the list.  Does anyone have any of these they'd like to get rid of or willing to loan out for a few weeks?
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2014, 04:54 PM »
The new persimmon one is phenomenal.
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 08:15 PM »
Any details on it?
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 11:12 PM »
I have the set,you can find most on Ebay.
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 09:10 AM »
They are good even with just the pictures illustrating how to train the particular species.  David Paris of miniaturebonsai.com was selling them for a while.  I don't know if he still has any sets left but John is right, they turn up individually on ebay often.  A few years back I heard of someone in Europe who was translating them into different languages including English but I haven't heard any more on that.  If you can't afford the books or can't' find them, AT THE LEAST, look through his website as he shows actual trees being developed over time.  The Japanese pages have more variety and development pictures.  It seems to have changed a bit and i don't see as much as I use to but you should explore all the links - they might still be archived there. 
http://mini-bonsai.com/indexe.html
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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2014, 07:55 PM »
I'd love to own the set, but while I wait on that to happen, I'm making use of interlibrary loans.  I've got 3 of them coming my way.  The shimpaku one wasn't available apparently.
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2014, 10:59 PM »
I've got 5 of them, pine, maple, zelcova, shimpaku and Tosho. I learned most of what I do with these books alone. As far as I'm concerned if you can't learn bonsai from these books you will never learn bonsai.


The seperate species books are cool but I picked up a better one in 1992 which is a compendium of many species in a single volumne. ISBN 4-564-40856-9

The single species books sell for around 31.00 on ebay with 20.00+ shipping. They are not cheap. The conpendium was about 22.00 in 1992.  I saw one on ebay about 5 years ago and it was selling for over 40.00 + ship.
 

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Re: Kyosuke Gun Books
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2014, 11:50 PM »
A few months ago Bonsai World magazine compiled a book with loads of Mr. Gun's illustrated articles. I'm not home now and don't have the book in front of me. But, I'll report details next week upon return to Rochester.

By the way, each issue of International BONSAI features a color illustrated article by Mr. Gun, translated and edited in English.

Bill