Monday, March 2, 2015

Tour of the private exhibition 天下無双の盆栽個展

One of famous Bonsai collectors invited us his private exhibition. He is also one of important client for Kouka-en. He held the exhibition to commemorate his seventy years of age at Daitokuji temple in Kyoto.

When we entered the front gate, red pine was standing and welcomed us. The long stone path ran to Kato-mado. Kato is flame and Mado is window in Japanese. In this case, Kato–mado means the window has the shape of flame. Sunlight poured through the window, making shadow picture of Hinoki cypress.

We went through the front desk and went to next room. Then, there were the marvels of nature on each Bonsai pots. Some trees used to be at Kouka-en, but the pots had changed to different ones. Those pots matched to the trees and made the trees even better than before.
There are many rooms in the temple and I admired whenever I entered any rooms. All trees are very old. I have seen very old awesome trees, like those trees, in only books.
I was impressed to see those trees directly.

There was no a dazzling light in temple. Sunlight come into room and makes world of the subtle and profound. There were Bonsai quietly but that had surely a presence in dim room. I saw and felt Wabi-Sabi there. Wabi-Sabi is one of Japanese aesthetic consciousness.  Look at Wikipedia:
His collection was perfect. The tree, the pot, the stand, the display are all the best for each other. I applaud and respect his effort. He would cost enormous time and money for them. I admire his passion and sense of Bonsai and appreciate his hospitality. Needless to say, this is the best exhibition.

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