TAIKAN-TEN, KYOTO, JAPAN

The Taikan-Ten, one of a handful of important bonsai exhibitions held annually in Japan, takes place at the Miyako Messe Hall in the beautiful and ancient city of Kyoto. This exhibition is unique in that professionals and amateurs alike have the opportunity to display their trees side by side. The results are interesting with some surprises and, at times, a show of uneven quality. Regardless, the overall caliber is high and impressive. The photos below are of the 35th annual Taikan-Ten exhibition that was held in November 2015.