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An Old Five Needle Pine goes to show

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

One of the things I look forward to during my apprenticeship is attending shows and getting a glimpse of the behind the scenes. Sakufu-ten (Saku = make, fu = wind, ten = exhibition) is a Bonsai show and competition held in December ever year.  The show is only open to professionals and is a showcase of the Bonsai talent in Japan.  Professionals can summit a customer’s tree or or their own trees for this show.  There are various categories in the competition with the top prize being the Prime Minister award.

The show goes on in December but the photos and judging of the trees are all done in October.  This gives them time to process all the pictures and have a book ready when the show opens.  In this post, I will show some