Bonsai Styling: Principles and Techniques the DVD

The Japanese bonsai master, Hajime Watanabe, has been growing bonsais for the past 45 years. Get a piece of master's knowledge with this DVD.

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DVD information:
Language: English
Run time: 72 minutes
Subtitles: English (by choice on/off)
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Who is Hajime Watanabe?

Hajime has been a bonsai master and landscape designer for 45 years. His knowledge came to him through generations: he has learned everything from his father, grandfather and uncle. His home is in Japan but most of his current time he spends in Europe with his extraordinary project.

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What's in this DVD?

This DVD is 72 minutes long. We have systemized the material into chapters:

  • Shortly about Hajime Watanabe and His Project.
  1. Principles of Bonsai Shaping. Hajime and his assistant explain what 'front view of bonsai' is and how it is determined in this chapter. The master explains principles of classical moyogi (informal upright) bonsai style. Which branches and future growth should be removed and which sustained, and why.
  2. Shortly about Essential Tools.
  3. Wiring basics and young trees shaping. The master explains how to apply wire properly. He also shows wrong wiring examples and explains in detail why it's wrong. Each apprentice is provided with a young Japanese maple. As they work and try to shape them, Hajime shows more rules, corrects styling mistakes and explains them.
  4. Inspecting, Trimming and Planning a Bonsai. The master inspects five 40-years-old azaleas from all viewing points, cuts branches, and comments on his actions in this chapter. In other words he is searching for bonsai within a tree and shows it. Wiring can be started after this step.
  5. Wiring Old Specimens. The chapter provides information where a person should begin with his tree. How to choose proper wire and how to apply it in many different situations. Common mistakes are shown and explained.
  6. Crown and Foliage Forming. The previous chapter explains how to apply wire. It is shown how to bend and position wired branches properly in this part of the DVD. Principles of making a bonsai to look like an old tree are explained.
  7. Yamadori shaping. Hajime is working on a juniper that was taken from woods. He suggests the form of this tree and realizes it by heavily wiring its trunk and branches.
  8. Results. Accomplishments at the end of the day.

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