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Bonsai Bilingual Edition
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So there is a case to be made for going right to the source - which historically was China but in reality is Japan. That's why I feel this hansom book printed in China, published in Japan in 2011 and put together by a Japanese expert has to be vastly more authoritative. As one would expect it's beautifully designed (and by making comparison with those in Mr Tomlnson's paperback) everyone of the 110 Bonsai trees they illustrate are far superior ancient Japanese specimens photographed in extreme HD close-up - usually with an all white or all black background.
Making it even more pleasurable are the slightly offbeat English translations of the Japanese text on each facing page. For conveniance the Bonsai are divided into into 12 month sections. Each month launched with one of those short poems one finds on hotel pillows. viz: "Autumn deepens - the man next door - what does he do for a living?" or "A lonely road - on an Autumn evening - no one here but me".
In this instance for March - "truly spring - nameless mountains in a thin mountain mist". April - "how brilliant - leaves both green and young in the sun's light". May - "Suruga road - even the wild orange blossoms smell of green tea". June - "sixth month - clouds resting on the peaks of Arashiyama"
In other words owning this solid heavy book, filled with beautiful photographs of incredibly beautiful minature Bonsai trees, is a surefire way to briefly transport oneself to a unique spiritual Japanese world - without having to leave home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is most book for any Bonsai practitioner The style and designs of the trees and pot is grand.Published 14 months ago by Anthony Welninski
I wish the book had more than just photos of the trees and shown some more techniques.Published 18 months ago by Domenick Rivera