It took me some time to find it but it was totally worth it!
The entrance to this modern shop + studio + classroom is lined with trays of young and old bonsai.
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.
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.
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 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)
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