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 let the viewer know something about the season and where the Continue Reading

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 from which this tea originates, he further explained ways to process its leaves. He also informed about Continue Reading

Japanese poets in the garden

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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 the form and beauty, one can see the influence of these gardens on Continue Reading

Centreforce abdominal acupuncture

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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 long lasting. Continue Reading

Growing white pine bonsai

white-pine

There are many varieties of white-pine (Pinus parviflora and pentaphylla), but all have one thing in common the white, central or stomatic band down the length of the leaf or needle. The popular white-pine bonsai came from China, Japan and elsewhere in the Pacific Asian-rim area. They are generally styled very simply, with a twist or two in the trunk, and invariably grafted Continue Reading