Bonsai in Tokyo - Japan
Nippon Bonsai Association
Joining the Nippon Bonsai Association is not cheap. There is a "joining fee" of 5,000 yen (US $42) and yearly dues for overseas members are 20,000 yen (US $170). You get a monthly magazine devoted to events, all in Japanese, and you also get the annual Kokufu-ten Catalog. Contact: Mrs. Hisako F. Saito in the International Division or Ms. Dambara thier English speaking contact person,
8-1 Ikenohata 2-chome, Taito-ku, TOKYO 110 Japan.
Tel: +81 3821 3059 Fax: +81 33828 9150
Nippon Suiseki Association
This website will tell you all you need to know about the Nippon Suiseki Association in Japan
Also: Japanese Suiseki History, Glossary & Classification
Omiya Bonsai Villages
You may be surprised to learn that there are actually 2 separate Bonsai villages in Omiya. There is a Bonsai Village (Bonsai-cho) near Omiya Koen station, there is also a smaller Bonsai village in Someya a suburb of Omiya City. Click on the above link which will give you far more detail about the Bonsai Villages of Omiya all of the Bonsai nursery and festival details.
Bonsai Guide Book In Japan
Lots of local information including Maps and links to the famous Japanese domestic store of Bonsai, Shohin-Bonsai, High-quality Bonsai-Pot, Bonsai-Rack and Suiseki. Some English but much of this is in Japanese - by Higuchi Takeshi
World Bonsai Contest - Japan
This International Bonsai Photo Contest will be organized headed by Mr Saburo Kato, Chairman of Nippon Bonsai Association and will be supported by Nippon Bonsai Association & Japan Airlines. So far this has been a yearly competition and entry period closes - July 31 and the First prize and 2 runners up win a trip to the Kokufu-ten & award ceremonies in Tokyo, Japan.
Showa Kinen Park Bonsai Garden
National Bonsai Garden
This exceptional quality display of over 60 trees is just an hours train ride from Tokyo. Covering an area of 750 sq mtrs the display area is located in the Japanese Garden Within the Showa Kinen Park. The garden is split into area's that help visitors to learn about & appreciate Bonsai and see outstanding examples donated from famous collections across Japan.
Japanese Garden at the Hotel New Otani - Tokyo
With its 400 years of history, it is one of the most renowned gardens in Tokyo. The vast ten-acre ground, surrounded by the outer moat of the historic Edo Castle, houses numerous kinds of trees, flowers and foliage. Stone gardens and lanterns, carp ponds and waterfalls offer a taste of Japanese tradition and culture to our visitors. People come by to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and to enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation in the profound abundance of nature.
Shunka-en Bonsai Garden - Tokyo
The Shunkaen Museum of Japanese Traditional Art "Bonsai" - In the grounds of Kobayashi Kunio's private residence in Edogawa-ku (ward), Tokyo stands the bonsai artist's own bonsai museum, the Shunkaen Museum of Japanese Traditional Art "Bonsai." Constructed at a personal cost of ¥1 billion ($7.8 million) over a period of 15 years, Kobayashi's museum accommodates a collection of 2,000 bonsai-related artifacts, including several 500-year-old bonsai that are as good as national treasures. Kobayashi is a living legend in the bonsai world. A four-time winner of the top Prime Minister's Prize at the prestigious Japan Bonsai Exhibition, and a winner in seven of the Exhibition's nine categories overall, his achievements are unrivalled The Shunkaen Museum of Japanese Traditional Art "Bonsai" is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admisision is ¥800 (including tea). For more information: tel. (81) 3-3670-8622, fax (81) 3-3670-5884.
A photographic tour of Shunkaen Museum
The Takagi Bonsai Museum - Tokyo - CLOSED
Owned by Mr Reiji Takagi this museum is a unique tranquil retreat in the middle of one of the world's busiest cities. One floor is full of well-tended miniature trees up to a century old another floor houses a Japanese-style garden.
The Takagi Bonsai Museum is located at 1-1, Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102, 10:00am-5:00pm, Tel: 03-3221-0006 Closest Station: ICHIGAYA Sta.: JR
UNFORTUNATELY I AM TOLD THAT THIS IS NOW CLOSED
We established our showroom in the Famous Ginza Shopping district of Tokyo with the intention of introducing bonsai and suiseki, a part of the essennce of Japanese culture, to as many people as possible. Bonsai, Suiseki, tools, pots, antiques, and many other related items displayed and sold here.
Major Bonsai Exhibitions in Tokyo each year
The greatest Bonsai exhibition "Kokufu-ten" is held at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in February. Kokufu-ten means "the exhibition of atmosphere in this country". It's difficult to translate into English though. It is very big. When the Kokufu-ten is held, many bonsai nurseries gather at "Ueno Green Club" and sell their wonderful Bonsai. They move between Ueno Green Club and the Art Museum by bus.
Tokyo Bonsai - Commercial Bonsai Supplier
Bonsai in the Imperial Palace - Tokyo
There is a good collection of very old Bonsai inside the gardens of the Imperial Palace - unfortunately they are not open to the public. There are a set of video tapes (in Japanese) showing these bonsai trees and pot collection - they are called Koukyo no bonsai, Produced by NHK Video.
Japan Satsuki Guild
The name Satsuki is written with two Japanese kanji characters. Sa, which translates to five, and tsuki which translates to moon. Therefore, Satsuki means fifth month of the oriental lunar calendar. The lunar month of May corresponds to our sixth month of June. The name refers to the flowering period of the plant, which is late May to early June. The Japanese have been growing Satsuki as show plants in containers for over 300 years. Today Satsukis are extremely popular as bonsai trees in Japan, and are beginning to become popular as bonsai throughout the world. They are spectacular when in flower, and are shown at the annual Satsuki shows held in Japan when the plants are in full bloom.
Other Japanese Bonsai Web Links
Tama Zoological Park
Safari-style zoo - I am told that there are some Bonsai here maybe someone can check this out and tell me if its worth keeping on this page. - Located: 7-1-1, Hodokubo Hino-shi, Tokyo 191 Closest Station Tama Doobutsu Koen Station on the Keio Line.
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