The Beauty of Bonsai

A Guide to Displaying and Viewing Nature's Exquisite Sculpture

  • Junsun Yamamoto
  • Preface by Masahiko Kimura
  • Translated by Kirsten McIvor
The Beauty of Bonsai

Size: 260×190 mm, 570 g
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 96
96 color pages, 205 photos
ISBN10: 4-7700-3126-2
ISBN13: 978-4-7700-3126-6
Release date: Dec. 1, 2010

List price: $29.95

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Japan's delicate, miniature bonsai are instantly recognizable and enjoyed by people the world over. Mastering the art of displaying these trees so their beauty is fully rendered and can be truly appreciated takes dedication and time. In The Beauty of Bonsai: A Guide to Displaying and Viewing Nature's Exquisite Sculpture, bonsai expert Junsun Yamamoto explores the captivating world of bonsai and guides the reader through the various techniques of creating displays for these trees that enhance and heighten their innate beauty. Through a combination of discussion, photos, and explanation, as well as theory on the aesthetics of bonsai, Yamamoto shows the reader the how to get the most out of their bonsai displays. All aspects of bonsai appreciation are covered, including traditional composite arrangements as well as important tips on how to create the most exquisite displays that utilize perspective akin to that of landscape paintings. Yamamoto also explores the various themes for displaying bonsai, such as mountain or forest themes, and devotes a whole section of the book to bonsai pots, with lavish photos of works by famous creators. The reader is also guided through the process of creating a professional bonsai display by renowned bonsai creator Masahiko Kimura. Employing an array of photographs, the artist's creative process is outlined in detail, from conceptual art to finished masterpiece, giving the reader a unique insight into how the true beauty of bonsai is most effectively manifested and portrayed. This book will be a welcome addition to the libraries of bonsai lovers everywhere.

About the Author

Junsun Yamamoto was born in Tokyo in 1959. He has written several books in Japanese on Bonsai. He is a renowned authority on the art of Bonsai, and has achieved great acclaim for imparting his knowledge and appreciation of this ancient art through his books.