Continuum – A Year in the Japanese Bonsai World
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Some of the best and unique video images I have ever seen.
I couldn't think of anything bad to say of that it was not long enough. But then again would it ever be?
Having had watched a previous video production from Bjorn Bjornholm about the nursery. I was pretty excited to watch more of what they have to share with us.
Continuum boasts a year in the life for the nursery. Giving a first had view of the life and work bonsai nurseries and apprentices take on every day.
The video starts off with a brief five minute overview and a bit of history of the nursery and it’s apprentices.
Divided into four chapters if you will, all corresponding to the seasons.
Winter: following the team as they prepare trees for the Kokofu-Ten bonsai exhibition. Showing us all of the work that goes into preparing for a bonsai event of this magnitude. They even go into how the trees are selected for display at the event, something that I never understood before.
Spring: an in depth look at the day-to-day operations of the nursery. Letting us see trees that are amazing and I could only with to some day have trees at half the quality of the ones shown.
Summer: is the time for nursery maintenance due to the seasonal heavy rains. Building and/or repairing any structures around the nursery. And is the time for catch up work on particular species that need the extra attention. Along with all of the other duties that Fujikawa gives to the apprentices.
Autumn: is the time to restock the nursery by attending various bonsai auctions and private collections around Japan. Then the cycle continues.
The video production skills behind Continuum are second to none. Some of the best and unique video images I have ever seen. Everything has a purpose, even the music was flawlessly pick and used, many times, only as a backdrop.
All in all this is not a video to teach you anything specific about bonsai techniques. It is, however, a 50 minute behind the scenes glimpse into a world that few here in America know anything about.
This is a must have for anyone wanting something different in their bonsai video library. I will be looking forward to more insightful and unique videos from Bjorn and Fujikawa.
Disclaimer: ofBonsai received a review copy of this digital download from Bjorn Bjorholm.