2012 Meihinten-- photos by Jeff Amas

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2012 Meihinten-- photos by Jeff Amas

Post  Chris Cochrane on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:29 pm

Jeff Amas generously shares photos on the Nippon Suiseki Association's 52nd Meihinten, which ended on Sunday June 17th. Jeff notes, "I notice a certain 'sculptural' quality to many of the pieces this year."

The exhibition poster...


Annex building displays...




Stones in suiban...
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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:06 pm

NICE...many thanks...look forward to more Smile

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:36 pm

Stones on daiza...
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more ...

Stone on board...
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Bonsai in outside exhibit...








Bonsai display (probably indoors)...
https://i44.servimg.com/u/f44/13/44/48/20/p1030713.jpg

Most likely, exhibition accent plants (as in the second photo of this thread)-- though some could be the complement for a bonsai or suiseki if in proper scale and arrangement...










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Re: 2012 Meihinten-- photos by Jeff Amas

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:52 pm

The mix is interesting. Lots of great stones both cut and uncut.

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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:01 pm

I have a soft spot for a stone like nr. 24...thanks for sharing the photos.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:12 pm

I like #20

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Post  ogie on Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:09 pm

Hi Chris ,
thanks for sharing.such wonderful exhibit and gives us more imspiration to strive harder to collect real quality suiseki.not just any kind of stone....
Regards,
Alex


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great work chris

Post  stonener on Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:18 am

Number 31st does it for me... Basketball
42 & 42b very interesting daiza,
thick side works well... cyclops

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Post  Guest on Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:51 am

Hi Chris

No problem...this will just give us a reason for taking a good look at the stones one more time.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:57 pm

Wow so nice to see so many amazing suiseki.
Can a Chip of a rock be suiseki. Nr # 31 is an actual chip of a round Granite boulder, I see many of the around here. The rocks heat up to an incredible heat, ( you can cook meat on it) Then when it rains, it makes the outer skin contract very quickly an the skin ships off. You get incredible Fruit bowls this way. ah aha haha

Very very nice thank you for sharing

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Post  trantanhung_nt on Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:40 am

Hello Mr. CHRIS ,
Hello all Friends - Members IBC Forum ,
I am will gained a little more , better about SUISEKI ... here , and already hapiness learns ... also here .
Thanks Mr. Chris and all Friends - Members IBC Forum .
Regards ,
Hưng - Trần .


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Post  chansen on Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:51 pm

Chris -

As usual, wonderful images from Jeff. Please pass on our thanks for sharing images from Meihinten for the past few years. It is always a treat to see them. And thanks to you for taking the time to share them here for all of us to see/study. It is a rare occasion that I get to see such wonderful stones. It is always a good learning experience.

Best,

Christian

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Post  dick benbow on Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:53 pm

that's a lot of posting for sure, but very much appreciated! thank-you! Smile

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:17 pm

Thank you for posting these images. I am intrigued by #22; what is it? And #29 takes me away to a tropical island - great emotive powers in this stone!
Love the post!!!
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Post  Ryan B on Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:53 am

I'm with Billy. Stone 20 is pretty cool and unusual...talk about a far view...it's like a mountain range from space!

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Post  furuya on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:13 pm

Hello All,
I'm back from a long silence, many thanks to Jeff for this nice pics and stones, but Chris why don't underline the bad positions of some stones on suiban?
Can you explain please where it is the right position? It is time to learn the rules of suiban display, after years of tolerance we all must know how to display
a stone on a suiban.
Best wishes,

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:41 pm

I think some of the people from outside Japan are more concerned about rules than the Japanese.

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Post  dick benbow on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:08 pm

I have to agree with you on that one Billy Smile

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Post  Guest on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:06 pm

Hi Dick and Billy

You are both right......If people have an idea on how they want to display their stones and bonsai, and it does not come anyway near, what is called the rules, is it clear they will react, as they then might feel forced to do something they dont like.
If people who like stones and bonsai want to have the fun, and fell free to do what ever they like, do I think they should do as they want, othervise is a conflict about to happen....Some times, something pretty, interesting and compleetly new comes out of it...so it is absolutely worth doing what you feel.

Young japanese people often brake the old rules, wich Japan has many of...this is something the new generation have to do, to brake free....with the next generation will it be diffrent.
( In the ESA-magazine did I just see a photo of a Fuji-suiseki displayed under a scroll with Fuji )

I think people should do what they want...But if they ask on IBC " what do you think of it" will I maybe say my opinion....If I already know this person want to be free to do whatever he want to do, will I just leave it, as this person like what he do, and other people like it too...it is not a problem to me, I just zip. If I like the unusual display will I say so.

I happens to like, what is called the rules...after listening to many people who know much more than me about display, studied books, and seen, how people I want to learn from, do. Have I put words to what I like, insteadt of just a vauge gutfeeling on how I want to display....not because I am forced, or WANT to do the right japanese thing no matter what, but just because, I find this is the most pretty way to highlight a stone or a bonsai....It is not unlikely I one day want to do a mordern display, but then would I not use traditionel japanese stands, and so on, but something else...I could imagine the conflict will pop up, if I begin to exhibit western styled bonsai in mordern western pots.
But still would some "rules" have to be followed...In a bonsaidisplay would I still want the tree to be the mainobject...the pot must not owerpower the tree in any way, the stand not to massive for the tree, and the kusamono have a sice, who does not take too much attension....The same with stonedisplays....If this is to display "ruled", can I only say, it is not a probleem to me, as I find this way of displaying ,the best way to showcase a tree or a stone.

Many great bonsaipots has been created by very tallented potters all ower the world...and many of theese pots are too loud for highlighting a tree, if you ask me.....I would still very much like to see them in display...and a shohinshelf, or stand with really nice pots inbetween bonsaidisplays would be interesting for me, also old pots..theese I would like to see displayed....Here can the owner play with collors and shapes, to showcase the pots in the best possible way, traditionel or mordern.

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Post  dick benbow on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:31 pm

I always appreciate your replies....Yvonne Smile

I think for me, with luckily a formal tokonoma and my fun alcove in my library, I can have the best of both worlds. Stick to the rules as i know them, and have fun somewhere else.

The more i learn, the more i see that rules are made for guidance and to be broken....no one shoe or style fits all Smile

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:40 am

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:I think some of the people from outside Japan are more concerned about rules than the Japanese.

I hope that no one took this as being critical of either those who like rules or those who break them. I was simply making an observation based upon experience.

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:24 pm

Nicely stated, Yvonne. People follow what they wish in the arts-- young & old; some are as determined to break tradition as others are to choose tradition. Without a common appreciation of viewers & institutions, however, distinctions of "good, better, best" are seldom carried forward in art & craft history.

During World War II, Japan's community carrying forward traditional appreciation of literati arts was largely devastated. This was the end for some fine crafts; the extraordinary root carver Oshin died in abject poverty, unable to support himself though he is arguably the most talented at his craft from any generation. Due to loss of traditional bonsai during the war, new forms of less-mature material emerged. Before the war, suiseki had been considered inseparable from bonsai. As the post war government emerged to support traditional values & related arts, Nippon Suiseki Association was established with support from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to promote traditional suiseki practice, but suiseki was separated from bonsai as distinct. Within two years, Nippon Bonsai Association was formed with similar support from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. While over 450 suiseki groups exist in Japan (noted in article by 'Wil from Japan' in CAK newsletter, Ag. 2009), only one is authorized by the government to represent suiseki appreciation traditionally.

Billy, Dick & Yvonne are correct to note options to traditional suiseki existing in Japan. Marco ("furuya") is correct to expect tradition revealed in the premiere annual exhibition of Nippon Suiseki Association. Arrangement in display is something Marco has reviewed for years. He continues to be among the most generous contributors to understanding for those asking questions of "good, better, or best" in suiseki appreciation. Marco is not limited to sharing traditional understanding. Marco with his friend Byung Ju Lee largely introduced the English speaking community to details of suseok appreciation.

There are plenty of opportunities to discuss stone appreciation lacking guidance, but Marco asks that we look for guidance in Meihinten exhibits. Is that not a proper question? Study reveals guidance that transcends narrow rules, and Marco is aware of them. I hope he shares more of his thoughts.

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:27 pm

I've asked Jeff if his photos can be released for wider distribution-- especially to include other stone forums. He gave me permission for their controlled release. Marco Favero, Luciana Queirolo & Jose Manuel Blazquez each administer tremendous stone forums. They are welcomed to use the photos in this thread in-whole or in-part for discussion on their separate forums. Thanks, Jeff; you are generous friend to me, to IBC... and to a much larger stone community!

All of us should be looking forward to a Meihinten article from 'Wil from Japan'. He has published previous Meihinten articles in the California Aiseki Kai newsletter (available online www.aisekikai.com). Wil is scheduled to attending the August 15th California Aiseki Kai meeting as a translator for the editor Kengo Tatehata of Aiseki Magazine magazine.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:37 pm

Does anyone know what kind of stone #22 is? Is it a natural stone?
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Post  Andre Beaurain on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:58 pm

Todd if I have to gues , it looks like Coprolite ha haha hahaa hahaha

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