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Fussy, formal, painstaking, precise. Play a game of bonsai word-association, and those are the likely results. But not with a new style of bonsai developed by engineer turned designer Kobayashi. One look at his imaginative approach to this often fastidious process, and the terms fresh, whimsical, airy, and clean come to mind. Inspired by the revered principles of this ancient botanical art yet reinvented to reflect the contemporary lifestyles of young urbanites, Kobayashi’s innovative, modernist technique celebrates nature, communicating the majesty of a dense forest, for instance, through the refined use of a single pine seedling. Designed to be quickly assembled and easily maintained, these miniature gems of moss, trees, grasses, and perennials are tiny enough to fit anywhere yet bold enough to make a dynamic impact. Along with clear illustrations, well-organized directions, and helpful resources, in-depth examinations of more than three-dozen alluring projects are augmented by profiles of artists whose expertise in iron making, ceramics, and textiles cleverly complement Kobayashi’s avant-garde designs. --Carol Haggas

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"These miniature gems…are tiny enough to fit anywhere yet bold enough to make a dynamic impact."

(The New York Times Book Review)

“I must admit that after reading [Kobayashi’s] book I’m ready to try my hand at one of the garden arts I had considered beyond my ability…One gets a nice feel for his enchanting personal landscape, a sort of bonsai gestalt that may inspire many more trees to be grown in Brooklyn.” 

(Gardenista)

"Contains easy-to-follow, step-by-instructions to create counter-intuitive (and simplified) bonsai landscapes.”

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; First American Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604693592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604693591
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wynne on February 6, 2013
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This book provided more examples than needed for plain moss containers (one would have been enough), but skimped on details when the more complicated plants were covered. For example, I was disappointed that the need of most conifers to experience a cold, dormant period was not mentioned. You can follow the author's advice to make your small treasures, but keeping them alive is another problem entirely, and I feel he didn't say enough about the needs of plants cultivated indoors. Still, it gives plenty of creative ideas; just don't use it as your only resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Desert Rat on May 10, 2013
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This is a great book on a different type of Bonsai. It is well written; photos are very good; directions and resources are excellent.

This is a must-have book for the Bonsai Enthusiast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie on April 1, 2013
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The book was very interesting and I will be making a garden. I was expecting a little more in the way of training the plants but that is not really was Keshiki Bonsai is about. Glad I got it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Lindquist on February 4, 2013
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Very nice little book. I gave it to my son for Christmas. Worth the money. A lot of thought lies behind it. You could spend many hours with it. Not a classic, but lots of food for thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan L. Balsley on February 1, 2013
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This one of the great books for learning how to do small bonsai's. Mr Kenji Kobayashi has done a very nice job on show and tell what can be done.
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I love this book, it is full of rich colors, personal stories, as well as tons of informative information on keshiki bonsai and unique ways to create your own. I was very happy that there is a plant guide in the back as well that helps you choose appropriate plants for your area and how to care for them.
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