Seasonal Bonsai Exhibition, Shiki: Four Seasons, May, Invitation to Fresh Greenery

Date:April 1 - April 27, 2022
Place:Collection Gallery, Bonsai Garden

In the indoor collection gallery, the display is changed every week to welcome visitors with bonsai in their prime.

The permanent exhibition will be titled “Seasonal Bonsai Exhibition, Shiki (Four Seasons)” and will introduce the seasonal bonsai of each month, including the taste of the Zashiki (traditional reception room in Japan) decoration.

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 color, 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 greenery 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, a member of the hydrangea family, is covered with dew on its lush leaves and blooming with neat 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. The trees, with their outspread leaves filled with blessed rain, 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 ever-greener and more vigorous colors of the trees.

August, Cool Breeze in the Shade of Green

In the shade of the trees, bathed in the mid-summer sunshine, with their deep green color, a temporary cool breeze comes.
Although the days are hot, please enjoy the coolness in the shade of the rich greenery of pine trees, Japanese juniper trees, and cool swaying Japanese maples that dot the bonsai garden.

September, With the Autumn Sky

季節の展示 盆栽展〈四季〉9月・秋空を背に

September is still hot, but after the long rains and season-changing storms, the sky is clear and blue, with scaly clouds floating in the autumn sky. It is not the sunshine of summer or the gentle breeze of spring, but the refreshing sky at the beginning of autumn that gradually transforms the bonsai trees into their autumn appearance. Please enjoy the gentle appearance of the 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 progresses against the warmth of the daytime sun, let the trees know that autumn is coming. Eventually, the leaves of deciduous trees will cease their yearly activities, and the color of the green leaves will fade to gradually turn yellow and red. In autumn, with its clear blue skies and refreshing breezes, the colors of the trees, which change their appearance day by day, remind us of the subtle changes of the seasons.

November, Deepening Colors


The leaves of 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.

December, The Beauty of Winter Trees


The north wind of winter has changed the shape of maple trees and one by one, broadleaf bonsai trees are getting ready for winter. A deciduous tree gives us a cold impression, but a bonsai tree that has been carefully pruned for decades has a completely different look. Because the gentle treetops spread out at the tips of the branches, giving it a delicate and beautiful appearance like a lace pattern. The end of the year for broadleaf trees is in this winter appearance called “Kanju“, winter trees.

January, In Praise of Evergreen Trees


Happy New Year to you all.
The bonsai displayed in the tatami room at the beginning of the year with congratulatory words is a pine tree, whose green color shines more and more in the cold season. Pine trees, cedars, and cypresses have been called Tokiwagi, “evergreen trees” since ancient times, and their evergreen leaves have been praised. Visitors may find themselves standing tall for a while as they are greeted by the serene and solemn appearance of the trees.

February, Bloom in Dignity

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 to see the graceful blossoms that can only be seen once a year.

March, Flowers Herald Spring


The cherry blossoms are in full bloom as if their buds have been tickled by the warmth of the sun.
When the blossoms reach full bloom, they look as if they are floating in a gentle cherry blossom haze.
Surrounded by evergreen trees such as pine trees, cedar trees, and Japanese juniper trees, the cherry blossom bonsai, for a brief moment, shows us the arrival of spring.
Please enjoy the feeling of spring at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.

April, Time of Budding

One of the highlights of this season is the sight of trees that are budding for the first time. The hard buds of winter become plump and round, and the young leaves of maple and maple trees begin to sprout with a reddish tinge. After the long, frozen winter, this is the season when the trees announce the beginning of the year, and this is the only time you can see them budding.

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