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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 10:04 PM »
John, don't take this the wrong way- I love the pot. What do you know about it? John
 

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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010, 08:16 AM »
I was at a meeting when I posted the above comment from my not-so-smart-phone, what I was saying (if you can read my mind) is that I really like the tree, a lot. My question was about the pot, which I like a lot, and has a familiar feel to me. I was just asking what John knows about this great little pot, which has a "perfect" shohin feel about it. Sorry for the confusion- I shouldn't multitask. John Kirby
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010, 11:27 AM »
The pot is from Japan and purchased by Hitoshi Kanegai, owner of New England Bonsai Gardens, on one of his buying trips there.  I forget the maker but will check the chop on the bottom.  It is a great pot!  Very whimsical dragon on the front and unusual footed base.  The top edge is decorated as well as underneath, which is really cool.  I forget if the inside bottom was also decorated - some of these Japanese shohin pot makers will decorate the bottom, both inside and out.  There is a shohin pot at the nusery I should take a picture of that I love!  The bottom of the pot ended up with an unintended crack/opening in the bottom.  The artist then proceeded to paint a dragon emerging from the outside bottom of this crack with his rear tale extending on the inside bottom of it!  So cool.  I'll try to remember to take a picture the next time I am at the nursery.  I've been admiring it for a few years not - maybe it is time to buy it (or was it one of his Not for Sale pots  :-\ )
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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010, 08:41 PM »
I like the pot, and like the pot for this tree.  However, would you think it's a bit large for this particular tree, as a shohin tree/pot combo?
 

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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010, 08:51 PM »
Here is a picture of the decorated bottom and signature.  I could not find any reference to the potter in my notes.  If anyone is familiar with the name, let me know.  I can send this pic onto some friends in Japan who can probably identify it.

John.  I also sometimes think that.  It is a visual thing in that the unusually large footing makes the pot seem bigger than it is. 
The other thing is that you can't see the trunk/nebari.  The winter silhouette makes the tree actually look more appropriate in this pot.  I'll have to take a photo in November and we can see what it looks like then.  Also, as you know, with shohin bonsai, you can get away with a little larger pot because of the need for root space, etc.

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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2010, 08:16 AM »
Again, very nice. Matsu John and I have spent a good deal of time on trees and pots. Is always a lot of fun getting ready for the show and spending time each tree and an array of pots in which to plant/show it. That is wht an interesting tree pot combination (like this one) is so much fun to see. The pot shouts "shohin!" which is part of what is so interesting/nice about the composition. One of the interesting things you see in Japanese shohin show books is the vast array of colors/artwork on shohin pots, and a near suspension of the pot rules, making for some delightful and frequently whimsical combinations of tree and pot.

Thanks for posting,
John
 

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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2010, 02:30 PM »
Here is a picture of the decorated bottom and signature.  I could not find any reference to the potter in my notes.  If anyone is familiar with the name, let me know.  I can send this pic onto some friends in Japan who can probably identify it.

John,

The pot is signed Arashiyama. Would it be possible to have another picture with the wire moved away from the second character? My wife thinks it might be old as the kanji are written in the old style.

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Michael
 

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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2010, 02:31 PM »
thank you VERY much Michael.
I will try to move the wire tonight and take another photo.
peace in bonsai,
John
 

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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2010, 07:42 AM »
Here is another photo with the wire moved.
John
 

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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2010, 03:49 PM »
http://bonsaiya.exblog.jp/i92/

The signature reads "Made by Tani Arashiyama". His real name is Tani Hiroyuki, born in 1940 in Gunma Prefecture. That would explain the old style kanji. He was a sushi chef by trade and a bonsai hobbyist. He tried pottery and turned pro.

http://ameblo.jp/6raku-ranzan/ <-- his blog
http://ameblo.jp/6raku-ranzan/image-10526237276-10526567805.html doing a similar pot.
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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2010, 06:56 PM »
thank you very much Michael.  I have heard of him from Hitoshi.  He has other pots of his at our nursery.
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Re: Romano's Japanese Maple TotM entry
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2010, 08:06 PM »
I posted the other pot I mentioned in the Pottery section. 
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