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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
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
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
Tombow Colour Pencils
23rd April 2014 : Check out this gorgeous collection of coloured pencils from Tombow Read More
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
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
Mazda, Honda, Daihatsu
8th April 2014 : Mazda, Honda, Daihatsu Podocarpus macrophyllus and Pinus thunbergii. Chiyoda, Osaka. Read More
Not bad for the loos.
5th April 2014 : Not bad for the loos. Read More