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Book 5

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.



KEIDO Katayama-Ryu – Selection of Bonsai Pots and Suiban

Author: Ichiyu Katayama, published 1986

An extremely rare Japanes book about choosing bonsai pots and suiban by the founder of the  KEIDO school.

“KEIDOis a famous school for the aesthetics of  tokonoma-display, founded by the deceased Katayama Ichiyu sensei, with lasting influence on today’s bonsai and suiseki display. His teachings are continued today by Susumo Sudo who is still esteemed as the number one bonsai display artist in Japan.

This book discusses 65 bonsai pots and 46 suiban regarding colour photographs. All are masterpieces of pottery art which show the dignity of age. In the following some tokonoma displays are shown.

Hardcover, no book-jacket

Nearly continuous colour photographs of bonsai pot and suiban masterpieces.

112 pages

Measurements: 26 x 19 cm

Text: Japanese

Text and photographs kindly provided by Harald Möhler.

Translation: Heike van Gunst


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