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

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

by Kenji Kobayashi
     
 

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

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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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604693591
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,374,267
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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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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