Nov 25 2011 18 CommentsA very Japanese autumn A suitably coloured bonsai, in an alcove that also boasts a kanji-emblazoned scroll, makes this scene both traditionally Japanese and autumnal. Plus, of course, fantastically pleasing on the eye.
Brilliant shot!! 🙂
Everything in the picture look so appealing to me.
Thanks Winnie. It’s a lovely spot for sure. They change the alcove round a lot too, so it’s always nice to go back and see what they have on display.
Lovely! I use to collect and take care about 20 bonsai here in Italy, but the superiority of Japanese masters is incredible!
Yeah, this place has a huge variety of bonsai. Trees of all kinds and all ages. And like you say, the work of those in charge (and those who once were in charge) is incredible.
Ah! So elegant.
Yes, lovely, isn’t it?
What a ripper! (trivia again… ‘ripper’ in Australian originates from the Japanese pearl farmers in Broome in Western Australia decades ago, from the Japanese ‘rippa’ (ç«‹æ´¾) meaning ‘ great.. fazzo… etc.. when they found a good pearl they yelled out ‘rippa’ and thus it morphed into the local vernacular… )
That’s fascinating. Had no idea that was the word’s origins. I would never have guessed it came from the Japanese. Not to mention pearl farmers.
Neither do most Australians! Nor do they know that ‘fair dinkum’ comes from the Chinese gold diggers that came here a hundred and fifty odd years ago, and yelled ‘jingum’ (or something like it) when they found ‘real gold’ (çœŸé‡‘ï¼Ÿï¼Ÿï¼‰as opposed to fools gold or clumps of mica etc that look like gold.
So when people here say ‘Fair dinkum you beaut ripper Aussie maaate! they are speaking three languages.
Go figure ! ( I am not a big fan of that expression but in this case its probably fitting!)
That’s funny. I was going to mention ‘fair dinkum’ but thought better of it in the end. An Australian pal of mine never appreciates me referring to it.
May I hazard a guess then that ‘strewth’ originally comes from a word used by Vietnamese farmers?!
Yes we need a bit more Vietnamese-based lingo to balance things out. But we are getting away from bonsai here!
Its almost hard to believe its real. Beautiful.
Yeah, a bit special, isn’t it? Many of the other trees they have there are the same. Absolutely amazing living works of art.
Alain alexandre says
it is such beautiful, surely, I prefer a tree in a forest
That’s a very good point!
Yes it highlights the peculiar Japanese penchant for ‘taming nature’ although that has been severely tested recently.
Completely beautiful 🙂
I’m a big fan of bonsai and collect my own but this one is just lovely 🙂 i wish i had one like it.