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Sinajina 「品品 自由が丘」

Sinajina, the brain child of bonsai artist Kenji Kobayashi, is hidden in Tokyo’s Jiyugaoka neighborhood.

It took me some time to find it but it was totally worth it!

Sinajina

Sinajina

The entrance to this modern shop + studio + classroom is lined with trays of young and old bonsai.

Sinajina

Sinajina

Sinajina

Sinajina

Inside, the shop is like a dream.  Maples and pines and the cutest hedgehogs that grow moss on their backs… every corner fill with beautiful living bonsai.

Sinajina

Sinajina

Sinajina

Sinajina

Kobayashi opened this shop 10 years ago, after living in Portland, Oregon, where he studied with bonsai master Kawamoto Toshio.  Unlike traditional bonsai which focuses on a single old tree, Kobayashi’s style is closer to “saikei” (literally, “planted landscape”) that can contain several trees and younger plants.

Sinajina

Sinajina

He uses young plants and experiments with a wider variety of pots and styles, leading to a more contemporary approach that attracts young people.

Sinajina

Sinajina

Sinajina

Sinajina also hosts classes where students can create their own stunning landscapes.

If you’re interested in Keshiki Bonsai, you might want to check Kobayashi’s book: Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes”  (English edition).

I’d like to thank Sinajina’s staff that kindly let me shoot inside their beautiful studio… ありがとうございます!!

Sinajina 2-35-13 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Closest Station Jiyugaoka, Official Website: http://www.sinajina.com/ (Japanese only)

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

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