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Why Tokoname Pots?

We’ve been busy as can be here at our warehouse trying to obtain some exciting things for you and your Bonsai. And have we been reading some exciting books depicting the world’s highest quality Japanese Bonsai Pottery. Tokoname.

Now, Just why is the Tokoname Pottery so great?

Well, first of all it’s the clay that is found in that area that is purportedly the very best for these particular Bonsai Pots. According to the history books, there were 6 ancient kilns in Japan that were from the latter part of the Kamakura period (1192 to 1315 AD) and the Tokoname kilns were one of these. There have been families of potters…..grandfather, son, grandson on down through the generations that have become master craftsmen. These pots are actually treasures of Japan. If you want to make a comparison, then compare it to Omiya. What the highest level of the Art of Bonsai is to Omiya, the highest level of the Art of Bonsai Pottery is to Tokoname.

I would like to quote from John Yoshio Naka’s Bonsai Techniques II (and with his permission):

Containers are more than something to put plants into. Of course the tree is the primary subject, its health and shape are the most important objective in bonsai, but the pot serves many purposes.

1. It is the object that holds the tree along with the soil, water, fertilizer and other important materials.
2. It must be an appropriate companion to compliment the trees and plants.
3. It can be of sentimental value or a prized possession, a valuable antique, or something that was handmade.
4. It can also become another hobby. There are many who collect the small miniature pots as a collection.
5. It is nice to have more than one pot for one tree. It is like changing a frame for the same picture, a completely different look is achieved.”

Thank you Mr. Naka for the insight.

This Fall, that is, around September we will be warehousing Tokoname-Yaki Bonsai Pottery.

We’ve had numerous inquiries for higher quality Japanese Bonsai Pots and so we’ve decided to widen our selection of Japanese Pots just for you. Yes, these are not dime store prices on these Bonsai pots, but then you need to consider the time and craftsmanship that goes into these to equate the price to the very high quality container that you will be purchasing. There’s value here. Some people state that these are Exhibition Quality Tokoname Bonsai Pots. Well, yes, they are. We’ll give you many more details and pictures of the area later on. Right now we just want to tease you and get you as excited as we are about these outstanding pots. Stay tuned. Below are just a few samples of the many outstanding styles that we will have for you and your Bonsai.

This month’s sale has many great bargains on Japanese Bonsai Pottery, Copper Colored Aluminum Wire, Japanese Stainless Steel Tool Sets, Wooden Display Stands, Mini Tool Sets and a special sale on our Organic Fertilizer.

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