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Recently between me and my fellow apprentice (Juan) we had three junipers to clean and trim. One shimpaku and two Tosho. Juan wanted the shimpaku to work on and I had both of the Tosho’s in the end because I finished my first tree before him.

This is the first tree that I trimmed.

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This tree has a bit of history, as it was styled by Peter Tea my Sempai this year for my Kinbon magazine, which appeared in Augusts edition. This was its third trim this year even after an out of season re-pot.

The tree after it’s cut back.

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The dead was cut away, a couple of weaker branches were completely left as they were very weak and on slightly weak branch, only the strong growth was cut.

It was fun to work on and I hope Tea Sempai approves.

This is the second Tosho I worked on.

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A very cool tree that I believe was originally collected. I like the way that the trunk is split into two but, it is all the same tree, giving it a uniqueness.

Here’s the tree after it’s trim.

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Front

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Other side

The tree is strong all over so, it was a general shape trim all round and the developing branches which, were long were cut back to start to develop some pads.

I hope you enjoyed reading.

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Time has moved fast and I will soon be departing for the holy land (well at least in my eye’s anyway) that is Japan, the mecca of bonsai. It will be my first time their and Japan is somewhere I have always wanted to go, even before I got into bonsai.

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I’m going for a month to stay at Aichi-en in Nagoya, with Mr Tanaka and Peter Tea.

Photo courtesy of Peter Tea

Photo courtesy of Peter Tea

I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while and I’m glad that it is finally arriving. There is a purpose to me going and it’s for a trial to hopefully become an apprentice to Mr Tanaka. I’m a realist about these things, it is by no means a given and I know I’m not the only one to apply/go for a trial, for this position. So, I’ve not been blowing my trumpet too loudly for that exact reason. Maybe the odd’s aren’t stacked in my favour but, I’m certainly going to give it my best shot. If I can enjoy myself, learn as much as I can, work as hard as I can and represent myself, my family and the UK in a positive light I’ll be a pretty happy guy either way. It will certainly be an adventure and is partly why I started this blog to share my experiences whilst their.
I feel a very lucky, humbled and privileged person to be going and I have a lot of people to thank.
First I’d like to thank Mr Tanaka and Peter Tea for this amazing opportunity. Without them it obviously wouldn’t be possible and without out Peter’s superb blog, also. If you haven’t read Peter’s blog before, I highly recommend it. It is so informative and interesting I can’t really sing its praises enough.
Secondly I like to thank my family, without them and their support it really wouldn’t be possible.
I’d also like to thank Dan & Cea Barton, Mark & Ritta cooper, Mo & Martin (especially for Noelanders), Malcolm, everyone at CBC, Taunton club, BBS, people at workshops, friend’s and all well wisher’s for their constant encouragement and support. I really appreciate it and it goes a long way.
Last of but, by no means least I especially would thank my mentor. Without him I most certainly wouldn’t be in this position. He’s done so much for me I really don’t know where to start but, thank you.

So watch this space and I hopefully should have some great things to post about my time in Japan.