Pine Pruning at Nanshu-ji

30th April 2014 : While out in Japan I was lucky enough to tag along with my cousin's landscape team during a pine pruning session at Nanshu temple in Sakai. The trees were getting a once-every-three-years cut back, so it was pretty dramatic stuff, involving long reach cherry pickers, lots of ladders, an awful lot… Read More

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Filming at the Wabi Sabi workshops

27th April 2014 : A fun afternoon last week spent filming Andy and Ivan at the Wabi Sabi workshop near Chichester. Andy spoke about  the significance of Japanese woodworking tools, while Ivan demonstrated sharpening with Shapton Glass Series stones and did a bit of chisel work. Later on Andy demonstrated how to set… Read More

Japanese chisels

Chiyoda's Silliest Pine

24th April 2014 : This is one of my favorite pines in all of Japan. It's on the main road through Chiyoda, and acts as a sort of pergola, sort of shading/roof in the tradition of the monkaburi. It makes me laugh everytime I see it - but look at the intricacy and detail in the bottom picture. Extraordinary.  … Read More

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Tombow Colour Pencils

23rd April 2014 : Check out this gorgeous collection of coloured pencils from Tombow   Read More

Tombo Colour Pencils

Mizuma dera

21st April 2014 : A quick cherry blossom trip to this nice temple on a chilly day early in April. Podocarpus macrophyllus in each view.  These are the loos!     Read More

Mizuma dera Cherry Bllssom

Nanten-en Onsen

19th April 2014 : During our trip to Japan I had a quick look around an onsen ryokan called Nanten-En in Amami, a village near Kawachinagano. It was a grey, chilly day and felt rather winterey - but the cherry blossom was doing it's thing.        Read More

Nanten-en Onsen pine

Mazda, Honda, Daihatsu

8th April 2014 : Mazda, Honda, Daihatsu Podocarpus macrophyllus and Pinus thunbergii. Chiyoda, Osaka. Read More

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Not bad for the loos.

5th April 2014 : Not bad for the loos. Read More

Not bad for the loos.

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