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On Saturday, Sept. 23rd, I attended the annual exhibit by Midori Bonsai Club of San Jose CA.
Midori has enthusiastically embraced the concept of, if I may coin a phrase, "tripartite display", and IMHO, they have done a very fine job.
I was especially taken with this Pepper tree display.
Pepper trees aren't often seen in a bonsai show, and this one is very well done. It shows both grace and power.
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Hi Mike,
It's great to see the focus on getting the display right. That's an important step for bonsai shows, I believe, and I hope that other US clubs will follow. (A few already have, but I don't think it's the norm in the US as yet.)
That, and it's also a really cool tree.
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Hi Carl
One thing that really bugs me is the display id card being placed on the table. I explained to one of the Midori members how the card becomes the fourth element in the display, and is unsightly. At my club, we always place the card just below the edge of the table so that it isn't part of the scene.
I know some view this as nit-picking, but it's picking the nits that gets it right and make the display work.
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Mike,
Thanks for pointing that out. I agree wholeheartedly. It's not nitpicking, it's professionalism -- and as you say, that's what we require if we're going make artistic bonsai display work.
The organizers of the PacNW convention this month took a similar care with display. They chose to hand out printed sheets with information about all of the trees, rather than clutter the display tables with information cards. I thought that was a good choice. You may have seen some of the photos from that show elsewhere on the web; I'll post a gallery of photos with lights and backdrop, along with a review from that show shortly.
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Carl


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Hi Carl,
Heres an image with the id card removed. It does make a difference IMO.
The owner of the Pepper tree is a long time Midori member. A few years ago, he joined Sei Boku Bonsai Kai, my club in San Mateo, about 35 miles north of where he lives in San Jose. His reason for joining was, "Sei Boku puts on the best show in the area".
Since that time, Midori built backdrops based on my design and is becoming a leader in good display. This sort of progress is very gratifying.
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Thanks for the cool display, Mike.
Finally I am seing a pepper tree, these trees are tragically overlooked in the California bonsai community, although they are prime candidates for large bonsai.
This has nothing to do with the display, but I need to point out nevertheless. It's a deficiency that is prevalent throughout the North American bonsai scene, and somehow always gets overlooked.
It has to do with anatomical balance of the tree, and the age of the branches: compared to the power and character of the great trunk, the branches are juvenile. As a result, instead of looking like a real tree, the specimen displays what I call "the bonsai symptome". This, of course, is the result of the shorcuts one has to take, in order to create a bonsai in a relatively short time. But, it needs to be pointed out that, when striving for perfection, the lower branches of a bonsai should display the same age as the trunk itself.
Hopefully the artist realizes this shortcoming, and takes some steps to create those powerful, thick lower branches. When that happens, this tree will be truely magnificent.


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Mike, that's wonderful. I've heard the same about Midori through Boon.
You're right, the adjusted photograph is a big improvement. While we are talking about the details of the display, do you share my sentiment that the accent is not quite powerful enough to balance the display out fully?
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Carl, I surely agree with you on the accent. My impression when I first saw it was that it's too small. Also the color and shape seem too similar to the crown of the tree. I think that a flowering accent thats larger and has some horizontal movement would be a better contrast with the tree.
Attila, I understand what your saying, but we'll have to agree to disagree on your point. I feel that in the case of a weeping style bonsai, slender and slightly sinuous branches are appropriate.
Regarding the artist/owner fattening up the branches, he's in his mid sixties, and better have a very long life ahead of him to accomplish this.
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