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Post  mambo on Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:49 am

Does anybody know of or recommend any good books about the setting up, design and selection of elements within a tokonoma?

I am looking for something fairly detailed and advanced... Wink

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Post  Bruce Winter on Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:25 am

"Japanese Homes And Their Surroundings" by Edward S. Morse, first published in 1886, is considered a classic and is a joy to read.

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Post  mambo on Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:47 pm

Hi Bruce,

Thanks for that. It sounds like an interesting book. I am actually more interested in the setting up of Tokonomas to display bonsai.

There doesn't seem to be much information out there...

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Post  dick benbow on Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:12 pm


The best gathering of information comes from the three book set of the Keido Katayama Ryu school. Started in 1986 and ended about 2-3 years ago. It has photos and commentaries on both toko and seki (tabletop) display.
look up Peter warren on the web and ask what it would cost to get the set. Also inquire of this UK resident and teacher how to get copies of the magazine Wabi".

Other things i have found helpful is a soft magazine type cover called in pursuit of beauty
the story of the genkokai....
the formal practice of displaying suiseki
written and produced by seji morimae

and last that I could recommend is
an introduction to suiseki
by matsuura arishige
translated by Wil Lautenschlager. (english)


now you have two years worth of effort by myself to get this information. In your efforts to advance and learn more, I'd appreciate it if you would return the favor.

I also own but feel it is not much more than pablum to a baby in the world of display, but as a first starter

The beauty of bonsai by Junsun Yamamoto ( a guide to displaying and viewing nature's exquisite sculptiure )


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Post  dick benbow on Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:31 pm

olde issues of bonsai today

issues 4,5,6,7,18,21,34,35


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Re: Books on tokonomas?

Post  Russell Coker on Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:19 pm



mambo wrote: I am actually more interested in the setting up of Tokonomas to display bonsai.

There doesn't seem to be much information out there...


There is good info here in this forum, but you'll have to dig for it. I recall a thread where Bill Valavanis was showing different set-ups, trees, stands, accents, scrolls and such.... but I can't find it now. Maybe it got moved to "sticky"... I don't know.... Check Jeremy's threads too.

Don't give up yet, Dick!

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:40 pm

Mambo might want to check back issues of International Bonsai. Bill V. has a feature on at least one tokonoma display each quarter. and I think I recall a year or so ago a 2-part article from Japan about tokonoma display.

And Dick, maybe Mambo doesn't check in here every day. Not everyone does. So have a little patience. It could be a few days . . . . . . . .

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Re: Books on tokonomas?

Post  dick benbow on Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:39 pm

Hi Jim thanks for your contribution.


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Post  sunip on Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:26 am

Hello
I remember some old post from Morten Albek on tokonoma display,
also how he recognized that a low positioning of the tokonoma floor was not always suitable in western interior and the way he solved this.
Sunip Wink

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Post  mambo on Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:56 pm

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the information.
Dick, I really appreciate you sharing the knowledge.
I guess it will take me some time (and money) to track down some of these...




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Post  dick benbow on Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:21 pm

your welcome Smile

Paul Goff from the UK has a new book out on display. having trouble getting him his money ( my bank wanted almost as much as the book to make the transfer? ) So I can't comment on it from actual knowledge but from what i know of paul's work, it's something to be added to one's library.

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Post  BigDave on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:28 pm

dick benbow wrote:your welcome Smile

Paul Goff from the UK has a new book out on display. having trouble getting him his money ( my bank wanted almost as much as the book to make the transfer? ) So I can't comment on it from actual knowledge but from what i know of paul's work, it's something to be added to one's library.

Hey Dick,
International Money order from Post office is very simple, KISS right.

Mambo,
Just got edited and up the first part of many installments of Cheryl Manning on Display , this is just the tip o the iceberg, as we say in English.



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Post  BigDave on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:33 pm

A great book and cheap (In US, maybe cheaper in Gibraltar) is ....


http://www.stonelantern.com/Bonsai_display_book_Bonsai_Kusamono_and_Suiseki_p/b1willi.htm
this will hold you for awhile LOL

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Post  dick benbow on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:57 pm

for those of you not familar with Ms Cheryl Smile
For the past thirty years, Cheryl Manning has been passionate about the art of bonsai. An artist since childhood and an avid gardener since her teens, Cheryl discovered Murata Bonsai Nursery in 1981–and it was love at first sight: art and gardening wrapped up in one small package.

In 1985, Cheryl joined Satsuki Kai, a club of the leading bonsai masters in West Los Angeles. Because the meetings were conducted in Japanese, she understood very little, but her commitment was strong and she formed lasting friendships.

By 1989, Cheryl was hiking in the Tehachapi mountains with Harry Hirao, collecting California junipers. Later, she was fortunate enough to become not only a student and close friend of John Naka, the father of American bonsai, but also an apprentice in Japan with bonsai master Yasuo Mitsuya, owner of Tokai-en in Toyohashi.

Cheryl has conducted bonsai demonstrations, workshops, and slide presentations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. She's written more than forty articles for many bonsai publications and currently pens a column “Trash To Treasure” for Bonsai: Journal of the American Bonsai Society.

Cheryl has also edited John Naka's Sketchbook (National Bonsai Foundation, 2005), a compilation of John's bonsai sketches from around the world.

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Re: Books on tokonomas?

Post  stonener on Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:50 am

Hey Dick!
Wana play?... Basketball
stonener



There's still time and space, maybe I'll see you there?... (559) 582-4915 www.ccjac.org


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Post  BigDave on Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:33 pm

Thanks Dick for the bio of Chery M. Im a big fan, and have had her at out club twice now. Very highly recommended, she should be a headliner. check out betterbonsai.com


Stonener,
Not a hijack at all, very appropriate this is the tops when it comes to display education. Who are you? lol

Mambo
totally forgot the best of all Kathy Shaner on display...




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Post  stonener on Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:48 am

Yo! Big Dave!
Thanks for your support, perfect!,
and your kind words!
Timing is everything... Basketball
stonener
*play it again Sam*

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Post  BigDave on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:05 am

stonener wrote:Yo! Big Dave!
Thanks for your support, perfect!,
and your kind words!
Timing is everything... Basketball
stonener
*play it again Sam*

Sure thing...hmm I think that is a riddle

geek

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Post  stonener on Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:15 am

Hey Big Dave!
That's Humphrey Bogart's(American cultural icon)famous bar room request line,
to panio player Sam, in the movie "Casa Blanca"... Basketball
somethings so good, worth repeating.
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*riddle? wait what! Huh? Oh, ok ya!*

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Post  mambo on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:50 pm

I'm overwhelmed now!

Thanks for all the info. It will take me a while to source some of the material and an eternity to digest it!

Note to admin: Could you please advise the original poster when a post is moved. I "lost" this post!

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:57 pm

Note to admin: Could you please advise the original poster when a post is moved. I "lost" this post!

Normally, the site puts a "Moved - post title" placemark in the original forum in which that post was written. Click on it and you are sent to its new home. If it didn't happen this time, I dunno why. But this is on a computer -- and the internet -- and things just tend to happen some times.

The best bet is to become familiar with the forums and figure out where the most appropriate place is. Then it may not have to be moved.

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Post  mambo on Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:46 pm

Ok Jim,

It didn't happen this time. It was a toss up between 'display' and 'questions'...

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Post  Maliea Chiem on Mon May 06, 2013 11:09 pm

Novice enthusiast searching for info on tokonoma display: came across this thread. VERY helpful!!! I've read some articles on lighting & set up for antiquity collections simply b/c I thought it similar; i.e in both 1 item (generally) is the main focus, to add to it by complementing & not distracting from. New to this forum & happy to be here!!

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Post  Maliea Chiem on Tue May 07, 2013 3:30 am

Found a great article : Bonsái Display, A Western Viewpoint by Randy Clark. Great ideas for American homes devoid of tokonomas; ideas for recessed viewing acloves & how to display w/ balance
www.bonsailearningcenter.com

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue May 07, 2013 11:09 am

Has the book by the late Willi Benz been mentioned? 'Bonsai, Kusamono & Suiseki' by Willi Benz It should be a guide to anyone planning display of stones and trees.

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