Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes

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Timber Press, 2012 - Design - 173 pages
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Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, expensive, and steeped in history and tradition. But at its most simple, it's really just planting done in a tray or container.

Keshiki bonsai is a revolutionary approach that involves creating living pieces of art using readily available plants and containers. This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. The projects start simple, with five designs that feature moss combined with unique containers. Readers then move on to six designs combining moss, small trees, and containers. The next ten projects add perennials to the mix, and the final ten projects have it all: moss, trees, perennials, and stones. Each project is made with a wide variety of containers, from the most delicate, artisan clay to a repurposed ramekin and a simple box.

Previously, the techniques, tips, and insights of keshiki bonsai were available only to Japanese enthusiasts. Now, for the first time, Western readers can join in creating these miniature masterpieces. Learn how a garden, a forest, or even a stream can come to life within the bounds of a small container.

 

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User Review  - Bonnie Poquette - Book Verdict

Kobayashi shares 37 projects in his style of keshiki bonsai (landscape bonsai), plantings in tiny vessels as small as two inches in diameter. While traditional bonsai is often viewed as a complicated ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
8
PREFACE
10
BASICS OF KESHIKI BONSAI
12
MOSS
24
MOSS AND TREES
42
MOSS TREES AND PERENNIALS
66
MOSS TREES PERENNIALS STONES
100
BONSAI IN NOVEL CONTAINERS
132
PLANTS FOR KESHIKI BONSAI
154
METRIC CONVERSIONS
168
RESOURCES
169
INDEX
170
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Kenji Kobayashi studied engineering and landscape design in his native Japan before learning about bonsai in Portland, Oregon, where the art of miniature landscapes captivated his imagination. After returning to Japan he immersed himself in the study of bonsai and in 2002 created the style he calls keshiki bonsai, or literally, landscape bonsai, and opened his shop, Sinajina, in Tokyo, where he creates and sells modern bonsai as well as other handcrafted home decor items. Active in solo shows and exhibitions across Japan, Kobayashi also teaches, writes, and appears on television and in workshops sharing his vision of "little landscapes for our lives.

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