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Photos of Japanese gardens, our artisan suppliers and bonsai


Shima tea house a Kanazawa Shima tea house a Kanazawa 24 photos

Another beautifull place in Kanazawa city.

My life with bonsaï Hino san bonsaï garden. My life with bonsaï Hino san bonsaï garden. 37 photos

The unique collection of master Hino on the island of Shikoku.

Passionate by the pines growed of seedling he dedicates all his life there. Very endearing character of the world of the bonsaï Japanese Mr. Hino welcomes me has several times with kindness and simplicity. One of the most beautiful gardens of bonsaï in 30 years of journeys to Japan.


Tomoya Nishikawa bonsi garden. Tomoya Nishikawa bonsi garden. 13 photos

Tomoya Nishikawa bonsi garden. Fabulous bonsaï garden himeji city japan.

The making of our artisanal copper watering cans The making of our artisanal copper watering cans 18 photos

Our copper watering cans are made by hand in Japan. The Negishi company is one of the last surviving firms still crafting watering cans for bonsai. It's a family tradition and the skills have been passed from father to son. Admire the quality of the pieces and the welder's dexterity as he uses a soldering iron heated on a charcoal fire. 

Shop copper watering cans here.

The kenroku en garden in Kanazawa city, Japan The kenroku en garden in Kanazawa city, Japan 29 photos

Considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen is situated 500km west of Tokyo. It was created in 1620 by the Maeda family. 

We sell an exclusive replica of the famous stone lantern in Kenrokuen 

Kaikaro geisha house Kaikaro geisha house 37 photos

Kaikaro is a preserved teahouse building in Higashi Chayagai District. View the interiors, featuring red lacquered stairs, a tea ceremony room and tatami mats. The museum is open to visitors for tours, tea and geisha parties.

For more information visit www.kaikaro.jp

The vast Adachi Japanese garden The vast Adachi Japanese garden 35 photos

The huge Adachi Japanese garden and art museum is 900km south of Tokyo in the Shimane ken prefecture. Comprising six gardens, it was created by a passionate amateur Adachi Zenko, who was 71 when construction started.

Visit the website.

The world of Master Saburo Katoh and his forest bonsai masterpieces The world of Master Saburo Katoh and his forest bonsai masterpieces 23 photos

A portfolio of bonsai works by Master Saburo Katoh shown at his exhibition in Ueno, Tokyo. This body of work shows his life dedicated to his passion for bonsai. His forests contain different species of deciduous and evergreen trees.

Ken Fujiwara's works in progress Ken Fujiwara's works in progress 23 photos

Master Ken Fujiwara is a tutor who is frequently invited to teach workshops at Maillot-Bonsai. Take a look at these photos showing before and after pictures and the evolution of creating his trees.

Join Ken Fujiwara's Sept 2016 workshop at our nursery.

Visit his website. 

Okochi sanso villa kyoto Okochi sanso villa kyoto 52 photos

Okochi sanso is a superb garden that belonged to the Japanese movie star Ohkouchi Denjiro (1898-1962). He constructed a unique garden with a villa, south of Mount Ogura, over 30 years. Various pathways in different styles traverse the garden, offering intriguing detours and turns that show the space from different perspectives. This is Guy Maillot's favourite walking garden for its natural planting and original spatial design.

Chiharu Imai's fabulous bonsai garden Chiharu Imai's fabulous bonsai garden 27 photos

An insight into one of the best bonsai collections in Japan. In the Shizuoka region, Chiharu Imai's small nursery houses numerous unique bonsai that win prizes at the big Japanese bonsai exhibitions.

Inside Kiyoshi Murakawa's bonsai nursery Inside Kiyoshi Murakawa's bonsai nursery 41 photos

Maillot-Bonsai works with and buys from only the best bonsai nurseries in Japan. Kiyoshi Murakawa has been a tutor at our bonsai workshops in France and here we share with you some pictures of his nursery.

Bonsai tips in pictures: how to shape a juniper tree Bonsai tips in pictures: how to shape a juniper tree 16 photos

A step-by-step slideshow showing how to shape a Juniperus Chinesis 'Itoigawa' bonsai tree. 

Buy the handbook book here

We also offer bonsai courses

The wild juniperus of Osezaki The wild juniperus of Osezaki 14 photos

For amateur juniper bonsaists a spectacular and unique place exists in Japan, Osezaki. This is located near Numazu city in Suruga Bay, 125km south of Tokyo, more commonly known as Biwa island. The reefs and marine life attract scuba divers and the area is popular for water sports. However, for tree enthusiasts on the shores there stand gigantic wild juniperus chinensis that are several hundred years old. These junipers are recognised as a national treasure and have intricate twisted and knotted trunks and branches. A temple gate marks the entrance to this spot.

Ritsurin garden from the Edo Era Ritsurin garden from the Edo Era 28 photos

Ritsurin landscape garden in Takamatsu city on Shikoku island is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. These photos, taken in November, 2010, show the launch of the illuminations. It was attended by international bonsaists Lucas Crespi, Marc Bauwens, Gerit Lodder and Guy Maillot.

How to shape a white pine in semi-cascade style How to shape a white pine in semi-cascade style 7 photos

In pictures: step-by-step instructions on training a seven-year-old pine in han kengai bonsai style. The images reveal the methods of cleaning the needles and binding the trunk with wire for a gracious cascade.

Rooter pot user's guide Rooter pot user's guide 24 photos

See how to use rooter pots to propagate trees and bushes using a system called air layering. Use them on bonsai or simply to clone plants that are difficult to sow from seed or grow from cuttings. 

We sell all sizes of rooter pots and packs on special offer

Master Kentaro Shiino's garden in Japan Master Kentaro Shiino's garden in Japan 39 photos

If you want to see what the bonsai display of a real master looks like, view these photos of Master SHIINO's marvellous garden.

An exemplary tree: styrax japonica An exemplary tree: styrax japonica 15 photos

One of the most beautiful bonsai masterpieces from the famous nurseries of master Shimizu.

Styling a pinus pentaphylla bonsai tree Styling a pinus pentaphylla bonsai tree 21 photos

In pictures: how to structure and form a pinus pentaphylla.

Repotting a trident maple Repotting a trident maple 35 photos

Repotting and training by wiring an acer buergerianum. See the evolution of this tree over four years of cultivation. 

Rhodohypoxis Rhodohypoxis 23 photos

Rhodohypoxis are South African herbaceous perennials that can be used to accompany bonsai as kusamono plants. Here is amateur Wolfgang Putz's collection.

Shop Rhodohypoxis now.

The art of kusamono The art of kusamono 28 photos

Ideas for how to present kusamono to accompany bonsai. These perfect plant arrangements are pleasing to the eye and fun to create. Interesting mini pots, jita shelves, tables and bamboo mats add to the effect. 

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A bonsai demonstration by Guy Maillot in New York A bonsai demonstration by Guy Maillot in New York 16 photos

At Shanti bithi nursery in New York, Guy Maillot works on a pinus 'kokonoe' at the open house. 

Bonsai from Japan Bonsai from Japan 18 photos

For your viewing pleasure, we share with you our bonsai imported from Japan. 

Japanese gardens in Kyoto city Japanese gardens in Kyoto city 30 photos

See Guy Maillot's personal photo album documenting his frequent trips to Japan. These pictures show his walk through gardens and temples in the south of Japan. 

How to twist a bonsai trunk in 10 lessons How to twist a bonsai trunk in 10 lessons 9 photos

Master Murakawa shows us how to twist the trunk of a pin sylvestre. 

Forming a pinus pentaphylla Forming a pinus pentaphylla 28 photos

In pictures: how to clean, cut, wire and pot a small white Japanese pine.

Demonstration on a juniperus chinensis Demonstration on a juniperus chinensis 18 photos

In pictures: restructuring, training and repotting a juniperus chinensis.

Rhododendron school Rhododendron school 17 photos

Master Tetsuya Murakawa's rhododendron workshop where amateurs work on satsuki azalea.

Kyoto trip Kyoto trip 39 photos

Our travels in Japan constantly inspire our garden landscaping services and this trip to Kyoto in autumn is no exception. 


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