Giant Calligraphy

We are pleased to announce that Takako Higgs will be demonstrating her Giant Calligraphy at the Bonsai World 2015 Show at the K2.

Takako Higgs is a Japanese calligrapher with an arts degree.  She began learning calligraphy at the age of 6 and has a 5 dan grade in calligraphy.

She has performed at Hyper Japan and Brighton Japan Festivals.





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Traders attending Bonsai World 2015 Show

Below is a list of Traders who have confirmed their support to-date for our National Show:

  • Andy Jordan
  • Bon-Tag
  • British Bonsai
  • Bushukan Bonsai
  • Canham Pots
  • Daniel Butler Ceramics
  • Dave Sampson
  • David Cheshire Bonsai
  • Dragon Bonsai
  • Duffet Pots
  • Glynderi Bonsai Club
  • John Pitt Bonsai Ceramics
  • MediBonsai
  • Saruyama Bonsai
  • Stone Monkey Ceramics
  • Sussex Bonsai Group
  • Suteki Accent Plants
  • The Bonsai Centre
  • UK Bonsai Tables
  • Walsall Studio Ceramics
  • Windybank Bonsai
  • Zacs Bonsai


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Seishin Iaido


Sussex Bonsai Group are delighted to welcome Seishin Iaido who will demonstrate a traditional Japanese sword style called Muso Shinden Ryu.


1smIaido is a non-combative martial art that involves no direct physical contact or combat with other individuals. Practitioners perform kata (set forms) that represent confrontational situations against an imaginary opponent. The kata involve drawing the sword, making one or more cuts, cleaning the blade, and returning the sword to the saya (scabbard) with concentration and focus.

There are some two-person kata, but these are choreographed, with one person defending against a pre-defined series of attacks.

There are many styles of Iaido, most of which date back hundreds of years. The style taught at Seishin is known as Muso Shinden Ryu .

Like most Iaido, Muso Shinden Ryu can trace its roots back to Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1546-1621). As a young man he went to a Shinto shrine where he spent quite some time. According to a vision he got in a dream he developed the batto-techniques (techniques where one draws the sword and strikes with one motion). He called his style Shinmei Muso ryu. Later known as Shin Muso Hayashizaki ryu.

Over the centuries, these techniques have been refined and adjusted to those we have today. The older styles of Iaido, of which there are many, are referred to as Koryu and are practiced all over the world. Muso Shinden Ryu as we know it today was born in early 1900s. by Nakayama Hakudo-sensei, a man who had dedicated his life to the study of kendo and Iaido.

A strict traditional etiquette is followed at all times. Iaido is normally practised wearing hakama (baggy pleated trousers) and keiko gi (training jacket). An iai obi (sword belt) is worn under the hakama to hold the sword in place. The hakama is usually black or dark blue, and the keikogi, often a matching colour. Unlike in most other Japanese martial arts, there is no outward indication of rank by the clothing worn. The swords used range from bokuto or bokken (wooden sword) for beginners, to Iaito (blunt practice swords) for the more experienced. In fact both weapons are used.

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Capel Manor Bonsai Show – 28th June 2015

This gallery contains 15 photos.

Originally posted on sussexbonsaigroup:
Congratulations go to The Bonsai Traders Association for another great show at Capel Manor, Enfield, Middlesex, which is well under way today. The Bonsai Traders Association were formed in 1995 to help promote bonsai in the UK…

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Japanese Embroidery


Japanese Embroidery-Nuido, The Way of Embroidery

We are delighted to confirm that Val Evans will be joining us once again for our Bonsai World 2015 Show.

She first saw this beautiful embroidery on display at the Alexander Palace.  After enquiring about lessons, she was told that a tutor came over from the Japanese Centre in Atlanta every six months to give English pupils tuition.  After several years, they now have English tutors.

The Grand Master Shuji Tamura and his daughter Kazumi, come over from Atlanta every 3 years, which allows students to study new pieces under their tuition.

Val has attended courses at Salisbury, Stroud, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Cannes, France. She has also attended courses at Atlanta, USA, under the Master and his daughter’s tuition. All her materials, pieces, silks and needles, are directly sourced from the Japanese Embroidery Centre in Atlanta.

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A Brief History of Japanese Embroidery

Japanese embroidery (nihon shishu in Japanese) is an embroidery technique that goes back more than one thousand years. In its early stages Japanese Embroidery was only used for decorating items used during religious ceremonies. Over time, as shishu developed its own unique Japanese qualities and characteristics, it took on a more artistic purpose. According to historians, from the early Heian Period Japanese embroidery was primarily used for decorating costumes of the Ladies of the Court. During these early stages shishu was only available to a select group; only the highest ranks of society could afford such costly work. However, after a thousand years’ sleep, this cultural heritage, the fruit of countless predecessors, is now available to a wider audience.

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Talks from Amnon Paldi, Chairman of the British Suiseki Club


Bonsai World 2015 Show (8th/9th August 2015) Update – We are delighted to announce that Amnon will be giving two 30 minute talks on suiseki each day over the weekend.

AMNON PALDI, has been a bonsai enthusiast for over 15 years and is the current chairman of the British Suiseki Club and the Chiltern Bonsai Society.

His specialist subject is Japanese suiseki, also known as gongshi in China (where it originated) or viewing stones in the western world.

He has been studying this fascinating subject for the past eight years, and enjoys hunting for stones primarily in the UK and Italy.

“I am particularly interested in the Western interpretation of suiseki. Like with bonsai, Japan is still the basis for our appreciation of bonsai, but we are using more and more native trees. We respect the fundamental principles of bonsai but look at the world around us and reflect it in our work. The same, I believe, should apply to suiseki. Even more so as our capacity to understand Zen principles and the expressiveness of the Japanese language is somewhat limited.” – Amnon Paldi.

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Bonsai World 2015 Show Flyer

Bonsai World 2015

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