Updated: Oct 8, 2020
On October 15-17 is the annual Nagoya Castle Bonsai Show. This show is hosted by the Aichi branch and Nagoya branch of the Japan Bonsai Association and it’s members. The membership is a mixture of bonsai professionals and enthusiast, though the enthusiast are associated with a professional. The show is an outdoor show but the trees are placed in a overhang. This show is not a competition and is mainly directed towards the visitors of the castle. The show is a more relaxed event so everybody was in good spirits and the trees themselves didn’t go through rigorous show preparations. We took about 10 trees belonging to various customers and Mr. Tanaka to the setup on Friday afternoon and I was able to take some pictures of the many trees there and the castle it self. In this post I will talk a bit about the castle and the numerous trees at the show. There is almost 40 pictures so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
“Shachi or Shachihoko were frequently used as roof ornaments in the Edo Period (1600-1868) and found atop castles, tower gates, and samurai homes. These fish-shaped ornaments are placed at both ends of the main roof ridge, with the male Shachi placed on the left and the female Shachi on the right. The creatures are thought to provide protection against fire, as they are attributed with the power to control rain,” (Copyright Mark Schumacher, http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/shachihoko.html).
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Now to the Bonsai Show!