Seasonal Bonsai Exhibition, Shiki: Four Seasons, January, In Praise of Evergreen Trees
Date：January 4 - February 1, 2023
Place：Collection Gallery, Bonsai Garden
In the indoor collection gallery, the display is changed every week to welcome visitors with bonsai in their prime.
This permanent exhibition is titled “Seasonal Bonsai Exhibition, Shiki (Four Seasons)” and presents the seasonal bonsai for each month, including a taste of zashiki (a traditional reception room in Japan) decoration.
January, In Praise of Evergreen Trees
We wish you all a Happy New Year.
The bonsai displayed in the zashiki room at the beginning of the year with congratulatory words is a pine tree, whose green color shines brighter amidst the cold weather. Pines, cedars, and cypresses poses beautiful green leaves all year round and have been praised and called tokiwagi, meaning evergreen trees, since ancient times. Visitors may find themselves frozen in front of these trees for a time as they are greeted by their serene and solemn appearance.
February, Bloom Gallantly
Japanese apricot trees swell their buds in the cold wind, and eventually bloom in the still cold air of early spring, giving off a fragrant scent.
In February at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, white apricot trees, red apricot trees, and camellia trees are in full bloom every week, sometimes under a clear blue sky, sometimes under a snowy sky with white snow.
The scent of apricot trees in the air lures you in to see the graceful blossoms that can only be seen once a year.
March, Flowers Herald Spring
The cherry blossoms come into full bloom, almost as if their buds have been tickled by the warmth of the sun as their branches take in the warm light.
When they fully blossom, they look as if they are floating in a gentle haze of pink.
These beautiful cherry blossom bonsai show us how spring has arrived as they surround themselves with numerous evergreens like pines, cedars and junipers.
Spring has come to Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, so we hope that you come and enjoy it.
April, Time of Budding
One of the highlights of this season where cherry blossoms fall, is the sight of the newly budding trees. The hard buds of winter become plump and round, and the young maple leaves begin to sprout with a reddish tinge. After the long, frozen winter, the trees herald the beginning of the year. Enjoy the unique appearance of them budding.
May, Invitation to Fresh Greenery
In May, the newly budded leaves unfurl in the warm sunshine of early summer. The leaves are still a pale yellow-green colour, but if you look up from the shade of the trees, you will see a clear, bright green light. The vividness of the sprouting greenery invites you to enjoy the charm of fresh verdure that can only be seen at this time of the year.
June, Drops on the Tips of Branches
The trees are drenched by the long, drizzling rain. Iwagarami, also known as the Japanese hydrangea vine, shows off the dew on its lush green leaves and blooms with charming white flowers. A pine tree with dew on the tips of its needle leaves, wetting the layers of bark, reveals darker and deeper cracks in its bark. These plants, with their outspread leaves which receive the rains from heaven, look moist in the lightly clouded sky, and can be said to represent the seasonal landscape of Japan.
July, Spilling Sunlight
The rainy season is over, and the trees, with their bright green leaves, are once again full of life against the backdrop of a piercing blue sky. July is the month when the summer sunshine spills over the earth, filtering through the tips of branches and leaf clusters. As we head into the summer season, we hope you will enjoy the more vibrantly green and more vigorous form of our trees.
August, Cool Breeze in the Shade of Green
In the shade of the deep green trees bathing in the mid-summer sunshine, a momentary cool breeze arrives.
In the midst of these hot days, we hope that you can enjoy the coolness in the shade of the rich greenery of our pine trees or Japanese juniper trees and the cool swaying Japanese maples that dot the bonsai garden.
September, With the Autumn Sky
The summer heat still hangs on in the days of September, but after long rains and season-changing storms, the sky will be clear and blue, with clouds like scales floating across the autumn sky. It is not the sunshine of summer or the gentle breeze of spring, but the refreshing sky at the beginning of the autumn months that gradually transforms the bonsai trees into their fall appearance. Please enjoy the gentle form of these trees with the blue sky of early autumn in the background.
October, Refreshing Autumn Breeze
The morning and evening breezes, which become colder as the day progress against the warmth of the daytime sun, tell the trees that autumn is coming. Eventually, the leaves of deciduous trees will cease their yearly activities, and the colour of the green leaves will fade to gradually turn red and yellow. In autumn, with its clear blue skies and refreshingly cool breezes, the colours of the trees, which change their appearance day by day, remind us of the subtle changes of the seasons.
November, Deepening Colors
Red, crimson, scarlet. The leaves on maple trees grow brighter and brighter every day, telling us that autumn is deepening. The leaves of maple trees, zelkova trees, and ginkgo trees, which still have green leaves but are turning into a mosaic of autumn colors, are the highlights of the year. We hope that you can enjoy this spectacle of colour.
December, The Beauty of Winter Trees
The cold wind has blown forth and changed the appearance of our maple trees and one by one and the broadleaf bonsai trees are getting ready for winter. Bare trees give off a chilly impression, but a bonsai tree that has been carefully pruned for decades has a completely different look. The gentle treetops of bonsai spread out at the tips of the branches, giving them a delicate and beautiful appearance like a lace pattern. To bring an end the year, broadleaf trees transform into “kanju“, meaning winter trees.