Friday, June 24, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
A couple of new pots this week (images above). I am pleased with the results, but there is also room for improvement. Obviously they are imitations of Pat Kennedy’s pots and were inspired by the demonstration Pat gave at one of the bonsai exhibitions last year in
. Image below shows one of his pots in the process of being made. Sydney
When I was in
I noticed that some of the Buddhist temples had symbols which didn’t look Japanese (see the picture below). My guess was that they are in Pali, but I am not sure and it would have been good to find out. Japan
However, recently I came across another symbol (image 1 below). This time it was in a book which said that it is ‘yakushi’ - Sanskrit for ‘healing Buddha’. I think it is a distorted ॐ (images 2-4 below) – Hindu and Buddhist ‘
OM’ incantation. Still don’t know how ‘ OM’ became ‘yakushi’ in Japan.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
A classmate from my bonsai lessons went to this year’s National Bonsai Convention in
. From the photographs of the trees exhibited there and my photographs taken at the bonsai convention in Freemantle, Western Australia Sydney last year, I could see that the standard of bonsai in is slightly higher. It’s just a handful of trees that made all the difference. I was especially impressed by the fact that some of those outstanding bonsai were Australian natives trained in their natural growth style. It’s an interesting observation considering they have only one or two bonsai clubs and a much smaller number of bonsai enthusiasts.