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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: shimsuki on October 07, 2009, 05:12 PM

Title: Tanuki/Phoenix Graft
Post by: shimsuki on October 07, 2009, 05:12 PM
I have been wondering about this for quite some time. Is a tanuki looked upon as wrong by the japanese? Could you find a tanuki in a big japanese bonsai show?
I am just wondering if a tanuki is considered a fake bonsai.

Shimsuki
Title: Re: Tanuki/Phoenix Graft
Post by: rockm on October 08, 2009, 09:35 AM
Tanukis aren't "wrong." They're just short cuts. Done capably and effectively, they're not even detectable for even some experts.

There are many techniques used by the Japanese that westerners find "wrong." the Japanese glue on fruit on some fruit bearing trees for shows--quince in particular comes to mind. It's done to maximize the tree's appearance. Moss is stuck down where it won't usually grow. Pots are used for a five day show, then removed. It's all in the name of making trees look their best. Tanuki is one those things.

It carries a much more negative stigma in the West, however...I've heard that some remarkable and renowned trees in Japanese collections are tanukis and that it's something of an open secret...don't know if that's true though.
Title: Re: Tanuki/Phoenix Graft
Post by: greerhw on October 08, 2009, 03:57 PM
Tanuki's in front of a shop in Japan are considered good luck, here is a decent one.

keep it green,
Harry

Title: Re: Tanuki/Phoenix Graft
Post by: shimsuki on October 08, 2009, 04:33 PM
Thanks for the replies.