The Secret Techniques of Bonsai

The Secret Techniques of Bonsai

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The late Kawasumi, a bonsai expert, and his son, the first tree doctor to specialize in bonsai in Japan, describe the basics of bonsai, species and styles, how to start a tree, and techniques such as layering, grafting, multiple trunks, pruning, repotting, bud trimming, defoliation, training and reshaping, daily care, and tools. In addition, they outline how to make jin, sharikan, and ishitsuki. B&w and color photos of trees, tools, and techniques are incorporated throughout. No bibliography is provided. Translated by Kay Yokota. Photography is by Yasuo Saji and the authors. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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In The Secret Techniques of Bonsai, the author of the groundbreaking Bonsai With American Trees teams up with his son to offer not only the basics for creating perfect bonsai, but also secret techniques they've developed over years of careful work and observation.

The Kawasumis provide detailed, easy-to-follow information about growing bonsai from seedlings or beginner plants; expert advice on shaping, pruning, training, grafting and repotting trees; and new techniques for using tools. And, although the Kawasumi family is worldrenowned for their bonsai tool design, their instructions allow gardeners to improvise with other readily-accessible bonsai, gardening or even simple workshop tools. Step-by-step photographs accompany the text, many in full-color.

Masakuni Kawasumi III, the first qualified tree doctor for bonsai in Japan, contributes his unique insights to make this an invaluable resource for beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike.

Publisher: Tokyo ; London : Kodansha International, 2006
ISBN: 9784770029430
Branch Call Number: 635.9772 KAWAS
Additional Contributors: Kawasumi, Masakuni III


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