Matsu Sentei

17th November 2009 • ArchivePrevious PostNext Post

Autumn in Japan is a pretty good time of year, especially if you're into pine pruning. I was taking a quick walk around the neighbourhood one morning when I saw a small truck loaded with tripod ladders pull in to someone's driveway. That could only be one thing - matsu sentei! I hung around across the street, as the gardeners unloaded ladders, laid down pruning sheets, tied towels around their heads and smoked cigarettes.

Later that day I went and had a look to see how they were getting on. They saw me lurking and called me in, so I got a good view. Soon after my brother in law showed up, turns out everyone knew each other.

niwashi

niwashi

The younger guy to the left is clipping a maki (Podocarpus macrophyllus) and the guy with the towel on his head is thinning a black pine.

pine pruning

pine pruning gardener

He's got the cloven feet tabi, the arm covers, white gloves AND the towel on his head.

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