The pictures below came through my facebook feed from the ‘Kimura’s home bonsai’ account. Where I think one of his current apprentices is documenting their daily activities quite frequently. Check them out. Anyway. According to the description, “The man who is sitting on the chair is Kadokura Mitsuzou who is the owner of this bonsai garden. And his wife is the woman who is carrying a tea tray. Many foreigners visited his bonsai garden. There’s no this bonsai garden anymore. It used to locate at Omiya bonsai village nowadays.”
No date for the pictures is given but I guess from the way people are dressed it cannot be more than a decade after the end of WWII.
Notice how less artificial or over-styled and more naturalistic the trees look…
I wonder if any of these trees are still alive.