Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes

Overview

Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, expensive, and steeped in history and tradition. But at its most simple, it's really just planting done in a tray or container.

Keshiki bonsai is a revolutionary approach that involves creating living pieces of art using readily available plants and containers. This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. The projects start simple, with five designs that ...

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Overview

Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, expensive, and steeped in history and tradition. But at its most simple, it's really just planting done in a tray or container.

Keshiki bonsai is a revolutionary approach that involves creating living pieces of art using readily available plants and containers. This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. The projects start simple, with five designs that feature moss combined with unique containers. Readers then move on to six designs combining moss, small trees, and containers. The next ten projects add perennials to the mix, and the final ten projects have it all: moss, trees, perennials, and stones. Each project is made with a wide variety of containers, from the most delicate, artisan clay to a repurposed ramekin and a simple box.

Previously, the techniques, tips, and insights of keshiki bonsai were available only to Japanese enthusiasts. Now, for the first time, Western readers can join in creating these miniature masterpieces. Learn how a garden, a forest, or even a stream can come to life within the bounds of a small container.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
The charm of Kobayashi's work is its quick payoff: his plantings don't take generations to mature, and they're relatively easy to create. In a series of step-by-step projects, he provides readers with clear, straightforward instructions, nicely illustrated.
—Dominique Browning
The New York Times Book Review
"These miniature gems…are tiny enough to fit anywhere yet bold enough to make a dynamic impact."
Gardenista
“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.”
Booklist
"These miniature gems…are tiny enough to fit anywhere yet bold enough to make a dynamic impact."
From the Publisher
"Contains easy-to-follow, step-by-instructions to create counter-intuitive (and simplified) bonsai landscapes.”
Library Journal
Kobayashi shares 37 projects in his style of keshiki bonsai (landscape bonsai), plantings in tiny vessels as small as two inches in diameter. While traditional bonsai is often viewed as a complicated hobby, keshiki bonsai is more appealing because it relaxes traditional rules and incorporates unexpected materials like glass. Kobayashi studied landscape architecture in his native Japan and traditional bonsai in Portland, OR. His keshiki bonsai projects are chic, quick, and sized perfectly for apartments. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions are included here for every project in the book, from the simplest ones that use only moss to the more complex projects using trees, perennials, and stones. Kobayashi discusses the basic bonsai tools, soils, and stones, and offers suggestions for appropriate plants and types of containers. Readers looking for classical bonsai styles and traditional techniques like wiring should read David Prescott's The Bonsai Handbook. VERDICT Recommended for bonsai enthusiasts and container gardeners willing to experiment.—Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604693591
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 781,115
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenji Kobayashi studied engineering and landscape design in his native Japan before learning about bonsai in Portland, Oregon, where the art of miniature landscapes captivated his imagination. After returning to Japan he immersed himself in the study of bonsai and in 2002 created the style he calls keshiki bonsai, or literally, landscape bonsai. He opened his shop, Sinajina, in Tokyo, where he creates and sells modern bonsai as well as other handcrafted home decor items.

Active in solo shows and exhibitions across Japan, Kobayashi also teaches, writes, and appears on television and in workshops sharing his vision of "little landscapes for our lives."

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, www.sinajina.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Diane Durston 8

Preface 10

Basics of Keshiki Bonsai 12

Keshiki bonsai in my own living space 22

Moss

1 A play of textures between Japanese paper and moss 26

2 A trio of tiny mosses all in a row 29

3 Moss in a contrasting patterned container 31

4 Red and green: Christmas colors 33

5 Moss in a square container with a layer-cake pattern 36

Hisao Iwashimizu, Ironware Artist 40

Moss and Trees

6 A white container with brilliant green moss and tree 44

7 The imposing beauty of a tall cypress 47

8 Gracefully bending branches, a classic bonsai motif 50

9 A grove of trees on a hill of moss in a silver bowl 55

10 A tree on a knoll in a tall, narrow container 58

11 Berries and leaves in a lush meadow 61

Nobuo Hashiba, Contemporary Artist 64

12 A wild mountain landscape you loved as a child 68

13 Grasses sprouting from a jar-shaped pot 71

14 The bold lines of horsetails in a waterside landscape 73

15 A densely overgrown forest in a sleekly modern bowl 76

16 A striking vertical planting in a brass bowl 79

17 The feeling of wind in the branches on a tabletop 81

18 Spreading branches in a full-bodied container 84

19 Bright red berries in a festive arrangement 87

20 A mini bonsai bewitching in its delicacy 91

21 A vigorous branch exuding strength 94

Mito Tajima, Ceramics Artist 98

Moss, Trees, Perennials, and

22 A small garden in a tin container 102

23 An indoor prairie in an earth-toned container 105

24 A trickling stream-where fireflies might appear 100

25 Stones and moss on a tiny hill 110

26 A leafy garden to restore your senses 112

27 The slender line of a tree in a white pot 114

28 Reliving a climb to a lone tree on a mountaintop 116

29 A stream meandering between mountain slopes 119

30 Tall trees and rough stones in a deep forest 123

31 A moonlit scene at water's edge in a whimsical container 126

Ritsuko Sato, Textile Dyer 130

Bonsai in Novel Containers

32 A reimagined coffee cup 134

33 A repurpoaed Jelly mold 137

34 A new life for a ramekin 140

35 The possibilities of an empty box 143

36 An empty can transformed 146

37 A new use for a plastic tray 149

Akiko Tsuruta, Glass Artist 152

Plants for Keshiki Bonsai 154

Metric Conversions 168

Resources 169

Index 170

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