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by Masahiko Kimura,Junsun Yamamoto

Japan's delicate, miniature bonsai are instantly recognizable and enjoyed by people the world over. But true understanding of bonsai, and the ability to master the art of displaying them so that their beauty is maximized, takes dedication and time. The Beauty of Bonsai teaches readers to fully appreciate the essence and aesthetics of these amazing trees. This is not a practical, how-to gardening guide. Rather, the book concentrates on heightening our awareness of what we see and feel when we view bonsai.The first chapter opens with an in-depth discussion of bonsai, likening them to landscape painting, and explaining the role of perspective in creating the most pleasing arrangements. The second chapter focuses on two traditional composite displays, known as tokonoma and machiai, and imparts valuable tips to the reader on how best to achieve these classic formations. Chapter Three explores themes of bonsai settings, and gives advice on displays based on a particular chosen theme (for example, a mountain or a forest). The bonsai are adorned with ornaments and displayed in pots designed by famous artisans. In Chapter Four, renowned bonsai creator Masahiko Kimura demonstrates the process of creating a professional bonsai display. Accompanied by many photographs, the text outlines the artist's creative process, offering readers unique insights.
Download The Beauty of Bonsai: A Guide to Displaying and Viewing Nature's Exquisite Sculpture epub
ISBN: 4770031262
ISBN13: 978-4770031266
Category: Home
Subcategory: Gardening & Landscape Design
Author: Masahiko Kimura,Junsun Yamamoto
Language: English
Publisher: Kodansha International; 1 edition (January 3, 2011)
Pages: 96 pages
ePUB size: 1526 kb
FB2 size: 1833 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 696
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I just received a copy of this new book and thought I'd report..... Bonsai is a very strange art form in that most everyone who takes an interest wants to also DO it. I doubt that too many who view the Sistine Chapel come home and start eying their living room ceilings and start ordering brushes. But everyone imagines that buying a "bonsai" at the mall will get one directly into the mix.
If you want to know how to keep your little Mallsai alive, don't buy this book. Instead, try one of the Sunset/Ortho paperbacks, or get the wonderful "Art of Bonsai" by Yoshimura & Halford, or the great "Bonsai Techniques" by John Yoshio Naka. This book is about appreciation of the Art, and how to look at the trees and sekikazari displays to really SEE what's intended by the artist. To my knowledge,there is no other English language book devoted entirely to these subjects. As younger students, we had to pour over our old Kokofuten Show books to try to get what is here explained in good detail. All the ideas of jidai, jusei,soe, and many other display concepts are well explained. The pictures are really excellent, and if you don't feel that little pain of longing when you see them, you should probably stick to Stamp collecting.
A fine book for enthusiasts who want to take their skill and knowledge up to a far higher level. A neat gift, as well.
This art form is basically Chinese Ink Brush painting, done in three dimensions. It is exquisitely beautiful. OK, this book is not a how to. It is a book of stunningly beautiful photographs of an exquisitely striking, beautiful art form. It gives you some idea of what to look for, in an esthetic system that is very non-Western. Albrecht Durer is the closest I can think of, for this, but no. This is an art form of the energy of nature. The book presents it very well.
Excellent book, beautiful pictures and content a keeper in my collection.