8th Auction

Posted: April 8, 2013 in Bonsai Auction, Japan

Toady was an early start with breakfast at 6:00. After breakfast we had an hours drive to get to the 8th auction. It’s called the 8th auction because it is on the 8th of every month. However, this auction was a special one because it was the 50th anniversary and there were more people, more lots and people had driven from further away to come.

Normally the auction lasts for about four hours but, this one started at 10:00 and didn’t finish till 7:30ish. We then had to load up/help others load up and also tidy the place up and didn’t leave till gone 9:00.

As an apprentice (or at least an acting apprentice for now) I was helping out by carrying the lots sold all day and placing them by the buyers allotted number/space with the other apprentices/helpers.

Auctions in Japan are different to what they are like in the UK. Instead of the auctioneer building the cost up by a certain amount or percentage for each bid, the bidders call out what the wish to bid raising what they like till there is a highest bid.
There also isn’t have a reserve system. Instead the owner can bid themselves raising the cost as much as they want. Occasionally it can be quite close to what the seller wants and what the bidder wants to pay. There is some discussion and an agreement is often made. If not some lot’s are unsold which, happens in every auction.

The items that were mainly there were trees. Some plants/accents, rocks, some display items like tables, scrolls and a fair few pots. Oh, and a fridge! What bonsai auction wouldn’t be complete without a fridge?

The lots before selling

The lots before selling

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Some rocks

Some rocks

Proof of the fridge!

Proof of the fridge!

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The auction in full flow

The auction in full flow

Oyakata kindly bided for me on an item and fortunately we won it but, more about that at a later date. Really could do with some sleep right now.

Thanks for reading.

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