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Accent and Companion Plants for Bonsai

Kusamono_with_fern_and_strawberry

Bonsai are often displayed with accent plants, also called companion plants or by the Japanese terms shitakusa and kusamono. A bonsai companion should act to enhance the display of a bonsai while not detracting from the main exhibit which is of course the bonsai itself. Traditionally bonsai companion plants should …

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Japanese tea and its benefits

Japanese tea on an old rustic table

The history of Japanese tea began when it was first introduced by a Buddhist Monk to Japan in early 6’th century. By 1200, the famous Japanese priest Eisai, wrote a detailed book on this tea (Kissa Yojoki), meaning a “Book of the Tea”. Aside from telling all about the plant …

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Japanese poets in the garden

japanese-poets-on-bonsai

For centuries Japanese poets have been influenced by the beauty, magnitude and mysterious quality of gardens from their country. Their is an evocative yet subtle quality to Japanese gardens, that are usually depicted in an ideal landscape with a very stylized aesthetic and a precise perspective. Both in terms of …

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Summer Walks in a Japanese Garden

moss-on-a-forest

When my soul is in need of quiet reflection, I know where to ease the anxious mood that keeps sweet calm from my restive condition. Before I even pass the alluring doors guarded by statuesque lions, my pace slows and the garden begins to whisper… A Japanese garden is my …

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Centreforce abdominal acupuncture

acupuncture

Abdominal Acupuncture is the greatest revolution in acupuncture and is taking China by storm. Called “Miracle therapy” because the results can be better than regular acupuncture. You will find it is particularly good for acute injuries, trauma, chronic, stubborn and painful conditions. Therapeutic effects are rapid (often within minutes) and …

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Keeping your bonsai healthy

watering-a-bonsai

In general, every two weeks feed bonsai with a high-nitrogen fertilizer from late spring, and then in summer feed them with a balanced fertilizer, stopping for four weeks during the hottest part of the summer and starting again in late summer with a low-nitrogen or tomato fertilizer. High-nitrogen fertilizer feeds …

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Japanese Gardens, Tranquility Personified

Japanese Gardens have been a treasured art form in Japan for centuries, and are very much influenced by the ancient and intricate garden designs of China. The exacting tradition, linked to the related and equally disciplined arts of calligraphy and Japanese ink brush painting, is historically passed down from sensei, …

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Your own Japanese garden

How to go about when you are caught by the beauty of a Japanese garden and you have decided that this is what you want? Japanese gardens are a living work of art in which the plants and trees are ever changing with the seasons. As they grow and mature …

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Penjing, Landscapes in Miniature

Fujian Tea Penjing (C) Qingquan Zhao

We look at an ant and consider it tiny. Millions of years ago, a T-Rex would have looked at us and considered us diminutive and an easy catch for dinner. Perhaps the ancient Chinese just wanted to see the world from a T-Rex perspective when they created the art of …

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