Tiramisu soil and a moss parfait: We dig into bonsai treats at Tokyu Hands Cafe


DSC00434Tokyu Hands is known for its amazing array of goods. From bicycles to Kabuki face masks and everything in between, this is a company that’s built their brand with a focus on providing unique and innovative Japanese products to the local and international market.

Now, the cafe on the top floor of their Shibuya store is also showcasing its creative credibility, by transforming its space into a pop-up Bonsai Cafe, in collaboration with the Omiya Bonsai Museum in Saitama. With miniature trees and special goods on display, here it’s the unusual menu that’s really taking centre stage.

After seeing photos of their special matcha latte, an unusual tiramisu and a parfait served in a bonsai pot, we pulled on our gumboots and headed out on a rainy afternoon to give these treats a try. Come with us as we treat our taste buds to an enchanted walk through a delicious miniature garden.

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Omiya Bonsai Village, Masahiko Kimura & S-Cube

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


Each of our exciting bonsai tours to Japan includes a private tour to S-Cube, Masahiko Kimura’s studio, Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and the bonsai gardens in Omiya Bonsai Village. There are always new bonsai and other interesting things to see and study.

Seiji Morimae
Hanyu City
Masahiko Kimrura
Saitama City
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum
Mnsei-en Bonsai Garden
Hatsuji & Takahiro Kato
Omiya Bonsai Village
Seiko-en Bonsai Garden
Tomio & Kaori Yamada
Omiya Bonsai Village
Kyuka-en Bonsai Garden
Isamu & Yukio Murata
Omiya Bonsai Village
Fuyo-en Bonsai Garden
Hiroshi Takeyama
Omiya Bonsai Village
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USNBE demo by Peter Warren

Nebari Bonsai

This white cedar has a long history, from it’s collection in Northern Ontario, to becoming a Marc Nolanders demo in 1997, and beyond. It passed from there to Rainer Gobel, to Chase Rosade, to Bill Valavanis, and today it was the object of Peter Warren’s entertaining, if not lightning-fast demo, assisted by Marc Arpag.

As always, Peter adds nuggets of wisdom; here discussing the importance of leaving growing tips rather than “mowing” off all growing tips.

Thinning the dense tree, keeping this philosophy of trimming back, and not pinching, as evidenced by the size of each shoot removed and laying on the stage:

From on high, to achieve a broader crown present in old trees:

Nearly through trimming back:

And somewhere between thinning out and finishing the wiring, the resident auctioneer runs up to a “sold” to a lucky Michael L. with a big van and northern climate:

And here…

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Spruce III update

This tree has been collected by me in 2012 ( one of my first yamadori). After two years i think that I have the proper way to develop it and turn into some pre-bonsai tree.

2012 as it was collected and styled in one go ( I know that now it wasn’t good for tree)

2013 after whole season

I prefer this angle

July 2014 as You can see the foliage is getting dense but I’m not happy with overall shape

January 2015 I have had a look one more time and I think this tree is very boring, no trunk movement, no taper, all foliage very high – that is not good and it will not better if I will keep this way. What I like in this tree? It is the very bottom part of trunk, and nebari.

this is my fever part of this tree.

So the plan is chop of all top branches and start from scratches, just trunk base and the very first , very young shuts.

I just wondering what you think about? Any other idea? Please feel free to comment.

taxus baccata 1 re-potting

This tree has got to my collection as a nursery stock material in 2013. It has got some hard pruning and after that it just settle , so I decided that it need to be re-potted into better soil.

tree in original soil, pity clay

the roots stock

some heavy roots at the down side

after light roots pruning

in new mix and bigger shallower seeds tray

I will let it grow free next 2-3 seasons