The first generation of Bonsai Abe, Mr. Kurakichi Abe, developed the idea of ‘kukanyubi’ (空間有美) or ‘The Beauty of Space’. This philosophy promotes natural spacing, and the importance of using natural formations when developing bonsai. Kurakichi Abe wrote a bonsai manual titled ‘How to Make Pine Bonsai’ which has been translated into several languages and it is a popular text for bonsai enthusiasts throughout Europe.
‘The Beauty of Space’ tradition is carried on by his son Kenichi Abe and his grandson Daiki Abe who take part in bonsai events across Japan and around the world. Bonsai Abe holds exhibitions, workshops, and tours in Fukushima City throughout the year.
The Azuma Goyomatsu pine is native to the Azuma Mountains west of Fukushima City. This species of Japanese white pine (pinus parviflora) is recognized as one of the 3 major varieties of pine for bonsai in Japan.
Demonstration Workshops & Garden Tours
Demonstration workshops and garden tours are available at Bonsai Abe. An experienced English interpreter can be provided for an additional fee. Check the details below, and contact the Fukushima City Tourism and Convention Association for booking details.
|Availability||All Year (excluding April and May)|
|Price||38,000 yen (incl. tax) per group (up to 10 people)
Interpreter Fee (Optional): +25,000 yen (incl. tax)
|Inquiries||Fukushima City Tourism and Convention Association
Phone: +(81) 24-563-554 (JST 9:00 am ~ 6:00 pm, weekdays only)