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

Date:Fri. April 26 ~ Wed. May 29, 2024
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 introduces seasonal bonsai for each month. Visitors can enjoy these bonsai alongside zashiki (a traditional reception room in Japan) decoration.

May, Invitation to Fresh Greenery

In May, the freshly 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 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

季節の展示 盆栽展〈四季〉9月・秋空を背に

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.

April, Time of Budding

The sight of newly budding trees is one of the highlights of this season where cherry blossoms fall. The hard buds of winter become plump and round, while the young maple leaves begin to sprout with a reddish tinge. After the long, frozen winter, the trees herald the beginning of the year. We hope you enjoy the view of these budding trees.

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