What are the different bonsai schools out there?

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What are the different bonsai schools out there?

Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:37 am

Hi all,
I've got contacted by a group of students doing a research on bonsai of their journalism course.
They are asking for info on the following topics which I need to provide materials by end of this week [ friday evening ]:
[ I'll post in fr and en, feel free to answer in fr if you are more comfortable ]

FR:
Les écoles de bonsaï
Les types de coupe pour bonsaï
Les plantes le plus adaptées pour le bonsaï

EN:
The types of bonsai "schools"/"approaches"
The types of cuts used in bonsai
The types of plants that are the most appropriate for bonsai

I'm digging up materials on my side, but I would not mind having some extra opinions or points of views.

Thanks in adv.

Xavier de Lapeyre
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Re: What are the different bonsai schools out there?

Post  JimLewis on Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:02 pm

The "schools" question could take off in any number of directions. Can they be more specific?

On a broad sense, there is the:

1. Japanese "school" of bonsai -- very traditional and manicured; relatively small group of trees used.
2. Chinese "school" -- more freedom in design; less manicured. Possibly a wider use of varied species. A few "sub-schools" -- lignan, north China vs. south China, etc. More imaginative use of landscape designs.
3. "Western school" -- somewhat imitative of (primarily) Japanese thought, but more willing to innovate with such sub-groups as "naturalistic" trees; much wider use of varied species.
4. - ??????????

Feel free to disagree, modify or expand . . .

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Re: What are the different bonsai schools out there?

Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:03 pm

Thanks Jim, its been very helpful.
I've come across the following:
*) Japanese Traditional - basically anything pre-Kimura (~1985 or so) - John Naka
*) Japanese Modern - anything post Japanese Traditional - Kimura
*) Keshiki bonsai - Kenji Kobayashi, Kaori Yamada
*) Saika bonsai - Kaori Yamada
*) Mambonsai [ ?? ]

Last three are definitely not my cup of tea

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