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

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Bonsai as it’s meant to be seen…

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Today was a rare occasion for the Kouka-en team.  One of our top clients, one who has been featured a number of times on this site, Nobuyuki Yanai, hosted a special exhibition of his personal collection at the famous Daitoku-ji temple…

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Swindon ‘Like a Fine Wine’

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Today, Sunday 22nd February, saw the Winter Image Show at Swindon and like a fine wine, it gets better every year. As always, the show was well organised, running like clockwork, no doubt due to the…

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Bonsai Artists for Bonsai World 2015

We are pleased to announce two confirmed demonstrators for our National Show in August.

Firstly, Kevin Willson, founder of the Yamadori School of Bonsai.

Bio:  Kevin Willson was born in Essex, England, and moved with his young family to Kent in 1978.  His early career in gardening and appreciation of Japanese art and culture firKevinWillsonst led him to Bonsai in the early 1980’s.  With a sound horticultural knowledge, he began to develop his understanding of Bonsai from books and magazines.

He began to work with Yamadori Bonsai in the late 1980’s and soon became recognised for his unique Bonsai designs.  Following his early success as a Bonsai artist, he decided to set up a teaching facility.  The Yamadori School of Bonsai was started in 1999 and has since developed many great students and Bonsai.

The idea of the school is to promote the use of Yamadori materials and to help develop a new generation of free thinking Bonsai artists.


PaulFinchSecondly, Paul Finch.

Paul is a seasoned bonsai practitioner from the UK.  He has had some coverage in magazines, such as Bonsai Focus and is often close in on the European Bonsai circuit.

But Paul has another side to his artistic talents – sculpture, and it is Paul’s sculptures which are really starting to turn heads.

This remarkable tree is actually a life size model made in clay.



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Bonsai at King’s Palace, Bangkok

The Royal Palace or Grand Palace in Bangkok, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand.

Construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 and was completed in time for the coronation of Rama 1.  However, the present King of Thailand, Rama IX resides at the Chitralada Palace.

We would like to share a few photographs of the Royal Palace and some impressive bonsai on a friend’s recent visit.

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Ask Daisaku Nomoto anything

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Ever wonder what it’s like to work on bonsai every day? Plus weekends and evenings? On some of the best trees in the world? Now’s your chance to find out.

Tomorrow evening Daisaku Nomoto, a bonsai professional living in Miyazaki, Japan, will do his best to answer your questions on any topic, bonsai related or not.

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Daisaku Nomoto at his Kyushu nursery, Nomoto Chinshoen

The best and worst things about working with trees every day? Advice for beginners? Whether or not his favorite pop star is still Adele? You get the idea. The AMA (Ask Me Anything) will be held online at Ask Bonsai Tonight. The rules are simple – post your questions here.

For those unfamiliar with Nomoto and his work, Nomoto is Boon Manakitivipart’ssenpai, or senior. The two apprenticed together with Kihachiro Kamiya at Kihachi-en in Aichi prefecture, Japan. After completing his apprenticeship, Nomoto returned…

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