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6th ASPAC 2001 - The New Millennium Man & The Art of Nature


Asia Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition and Convention

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The Malaysian Bonsai Society

In 2001 it was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that became the host venue for the 6th Asia Pacific Bonsai & Suiseki Convention and Exhibition. The big hall in Kuala Lumpur was the place for hundreds of tropical Bonsai and Suiseki with the theme "The New Millennium Man & The Art of Nature" All of the demonstrations an lectures were successful and the event attracted hundreds of Bonsai and Suiseki lovers both locally and from around the world. The event was organised and run by the Malaysian Bonsai Society.

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Part of a report by Mr Willi Benz about the 6th ASPAC convention

About 400 bonsai and more than 450 suiseki were on display in this enormous exhibition hall of the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC), where some huge trees and stones (only for decoration, not for competition) could be brought by lorries directly to the hall. These exhibits could be lifted relatively easy to the level of the table-top with the help of fork-lift trucks and small stacker cars. The table-tops were 77 cm high and 120 cm deep, covered uniformely with thick blue felt. That allowed for a good and spacious display. There were 16 double rows of tables lined up for bonsai, separated by white painted back walls of 260 cm total height. Tables of the same kind were set up for suiseki. The maximum permitted height of a bonsai for competition was 120 cm high. The smallest bonsai (Mame) measured only 12 cm, inclusively pot. In general bonsai were classified and placed together according to the kind of tree, for example Ficus, Juniperus, Wrightia religiosa, Triphasia trifolia, Senai, Ehretia microphylla, Pemphis acidula… Each kind of tree was divided into three categories: large (71-120 cm), medium (31-70 cm), small (10-30 cm). There was a special category for "miniature" and for bonsai imported into Malaysia and Singapore after 1st January 2001. Some space was also reserved for "individual exhibitors". The suiseki display was divided into "Mountain Stones" (stones collected in the mountains) and "Water Stones" (collected in rivers, streams or at the beach). These two categories were divided into "Stones larger than 40 cm" and Stones of 40 cm and below". Stones cut at the base were excluded from the competition.

The regulations for the bonsai competition were similar to guidelines for bonsai evaluation of the Bonsai Club Germany with only some minor differences. A briefing of the bonsai and suiseki judges was held before the judging itself, where the principles of the evaluations were explained and the leaders of the both committees were appointed. The bonsai committee was composed of 5 judges of different countries, the suiseki committee was composed of 3 judges under other myself.

Relatively big specimens were shown in the bonsai as well as in suiseki exhibition. Approximately 90% of the exhibited suiseki were collected in Malaysia. Some kind of stones can only be found in this country. Kedah, Ipoh and Sembilan are well known places for finding suiseki. In Kedah province for example wax stones of excellent quality can be found. On the program of the convention were different bonsai demonstrations, for example by Mr.Kung-Chen CHEN (Taiwan), Mr.Yen-Hwa Hu (Shanghai, China), Mr.Kobayashi (Japan), Mr.Quingquan ZHAI (Yangzhou, China). Lectures on bonsai and suiseki were given by Mrs.Amy Liang (Taiwan), Mr.Mac Paiman (Indonesia), Mrs.Solita Rosade (USA), Mr.I Chi SU (Tawan) and myself.

At the end of the four day convention participants realized that they attended in one of the most beautiful bonsai and suiseki exhibitions of the last few years. I could notice an amazing improvement in the art of Bonsai and Suiseki in Malaysia during the last number of years. The event and its harmonious and friendly atmosphere will remain unforgettable for all its visitors.


  
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