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Book 4

Bonsai Pot Books

In contrast to books about bonsai there are only very few books about the subject of bonsai pots. Books concerning the artistic aspect of bonsai pots exist only since the early 70s of the last century. Therefore this subject has been dealt with in literature only for a rather short time and not very elaborately.

Harald Möhler is one of the greatest bonsai book experts in Europe. In this rubric he shares his knowledge concerning bonsai pot books with us.


“Bonsai Pots of the Japanese Emperor’s Family”

Publisher: Imperial Household Agency, published in 1998

Published in cooperation whith the imperial household agency, this is the official book of the bonsai pots in the emperor’s collection.


The preface says: “Although bonsai pots from the imperial collection, together with the emperor’s bonsai, have been shown to the public at bonsai exhibitions, this is the first book showing only bonsai pots of the emperor’s family. It contains fabulous bonsai pots from the imperial collection which have never been seen in public. We hope to have sparked interest in bonsai pots with this book.”

The emperor’s family has always been a central point of traditional Japanese culture and owns a lot of cultural treasures.


This book is the companion volume to “Bonsai of the Japanese Emperor’s Family”.

Luxury illustrated book

Linen hardcover with slipcase, no book-jacket

Colour photographs of superb bonsai pots of the imperial collection on nearly all pages.

285 pages, exquisite paper quality

Measurements: 26 x 37 cm

Text: Japanese

Text and photographs kindly provided by Harald Möhler.

Translation: Heike van Gunst


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