Listen to the tree
Banner art by Utagawa Hiroshige
For this next post, I thought I would resist drowning you all with any further waterlogging related info, and instead take in a metaphorical breath of fresh air with some unrelated root and tree topics. Let's all put on our best berets and art-critiquing-faces as we take a peek at the creative endeavors of both the Root Lab volunteers and ancient to modern Asian civilizations. First up, we have some epoxied pieces of fine art that provide informative 3D glimpses of fine roots, followed by an historical account of the art of bonsai.
From start to finish: Don and Larry can be seen here, first cleaning the roots and then placing them in the epoxy moulds.
The history of bonsai
An ikadabuki raft style penjing landscape by Matyie Che followed by a map showing the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia.
This Buddhist statue in Japan was built in 609 C.E. and depicts the Great Buddha of Asuka-dera. The following image shows one of the 20 scrolls that comprise the Kasuga-gongen-genki. In the left section of the painting you can see bonsai and saikei propped up on work benches.
43-year-old juniper presented in a cascade style at the Hawaii Bonsai Culture Center.
Statue of Japanese sugarcane workers in Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens, Maui, Hawaii.
88-year-old crepe myrtle in an informal upright style at the Hawaii Bonsai Culture Center.
A nearly 300-year-old Hinoki cypress at the Arnold Arboretum. Check out the link for some interesting info on this specimen. Above you can also see some retro bonsai magz from the 70's. I was unable to find any of the original Kobayashi publishings from the 30's, but many of his books are still available online.
A glimpse of life inside the camps. These pictures show a drone's-eye-view of camp Amache, children outside of their one-room school house, and the cramped living quarters that families had to endure. Head over the the Digital Public Library of America to see more pictures. You'll only find a few images inside the camps because photography wasn't permitted.