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Post  hjjr27707 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:36 pm

The practice of maintaining records for bonsai (bonsai journaling) must be centuries old.  I would appreciate any help locating historical reference to the practice in Japan.  Harold - NC

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:52 pm

Go to the Phoenix Bonsai Society page -- www.phoenixbonsai.com -- scroll to "Magical Miniature Landscapes" and start reading. If you don't see it there, e-mail Robert J. Baran at rbj@phoenixbonsai.com.

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Post  Robert J. Baran on Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:10 am

Well, I finally wandered onto this post.

Although some early references to bonsai in Japan and penjing in China, of course, do exist (specifically  http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/Books/pre1800.html and  http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/Books/18001849.html), the first thing I thought of when I read the question was: "Hmmm, I'd don't recall seeing any reference to journaling/keeping track of one's trees' progress prior to maybe a century ago."

I'm not sure how accurate the early graphic portrayals are to specific trees ( http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/Paintings/ChinaPortrayals.html  and  http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/Paintings/JapanPortrayals.html ), and I have not yet come across reference to a specific tree having two or more portrayals over a period of time.  On a similar note, I know of no early graphics of step-by-step styling or care.

It is known that prior to the 19th century, at least, what was taught to a student was, in effect, proprietary information of the teacher, and thus not readily shared with others.

These questions open up another area of what we don't know (for instance, see http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/BigPicture/DontKnow2.html#Teachers ).

Then, again, there is surprisingly still much that exists in other languages which I am/we are not yet aware of here in the West.  Our work will never be done. Wink  pale

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