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Today’s the day. What can I say? I guess I feel anxious, a little afraid, but equally excited at the same time. The whole idea of moving to Japan has been pretty surreal. Although I’ve been preparing the past few months it feels like nothing has changed. I’ve been preoccupied with graduating, then moving, followed by a month to spare to tidy loose ends and spend time with loved ones. It took awhile but as I finish packing and write this article reality has set in. FUCK. I guess I’m moving after all lol.

In a sense I feel overwhelmed in that there were many thing I’ve been working on and will need to work on in the months to come. But I’m not that bogged down. I’ve been blessed to have a family supportive of my goals and members of the bonsai community who are rooting for me. The opportunity to challenge myself and put my all in a passion ain’t a bad motivator as well.

But I’m only at the start of the road. There’s a lot set before me I’ll need to accomplish before I can call myself a bonsai professional. But I’m hopeful and will try my best to move forward from here.

It’s been quite a hiatus since I posted any bonsai work or events so I’d thought I share some developmental work on a ficus I squeezed in yesterday:

Tree in 2014:


2016, after ground layering for new nebari:


Tree defoliated and cut back in February 2018:


Growing healthy and strong by late summer:


I realized I needed to remove some primary branches and establish a better trunk line. I opted for an angle change as well and set the tree’s future as a semi-cascade: (yesterday)


Pruning cuts carved and front bulge carved out. Ficus callus over very quickly in Southern California. Some more cut back and a little wiring:

Looks like the branches on the right are very thick but that’s just several branches overlapping together in the photo. Next year if I’m able to work on it during a visit home I’ll do some more structural cut backs. The tree will be left in the care of my parents. Perhaps I can provide instructor overseas or convince them to learn and try to develop it.





Sphagnum covering the exposed roots due to angle change:


Bonus macro photo of a junebug I caught the same day:


Still reading? I also dabbled a bit in pottery. Very first pots I’ve ever made. Hand dug earthenware clay, and woodfired kiln built by myself. Fun project!


Not all of em survived lol




Well that’s it, thanks for taking a read! Wish me some luck, if you are inclined, and I will do my best in Japan!

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2 comments on “Off to Japan

  1. Sounds like an amazing adventure ahead! Good luck!


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