Masahiko Kimura's teenage years were spent perfecting the traditional Japanese art form. Kimura has been known as a rebel since he started, pushing the limits of the artform and not sticking to conventions.
If there's a person who is bigger than anyone else in the art of bonsai, it's Masahiko Kimura. For years, the Japanese maestro has enthralled keen followers of this Japanese tradition that dates back to centuries. One of the modern pioneers in the field, Kimura has been plying his trade and wowing people with each of his new creations. One of the most famed bonsai he designed is a Hanoki forest planting that is regarded as one of the best bonsai masterpieces in the world. This delicate work of wonder is balanced on two pieces of interlocking slate, with an Itoigawa Shimpaku Juniper and a Hanoki cypress on it.
This gravity-defying bonsai is just one of the works that have not stuck to the conventions of bonsai artform. However, this is nothing new for Kimura who has always thought outside the box and pushed the boundaries of the art since he started decades ago. He was a rebel right from the beginning. He would usually break from tradition and design works that were seen as controversial. One of his early works saw Kimura combine pieces of deadwood with living wood snaking according to Modern Met. This was something that was not heard of up until then.
The original version of the Hanoki forest which Kimura designed 20 years ago sits pretty in a garden in Omiya, Japan, along with many of his other prized possession. Many others have gone for sale for substantial amounts. From time to time, Kimura opens up his garden to the public who are keen to see the treasure trove of the master. It is a joy for aficionados as well as people who have newly got into the artform. The demand by the public has been rising to see Kimura's works and he obliges from time to time.
The master shows no sign of retiring and his legacy and style continue to thrive through the works of his students and apprentices he has trained from around the world. Exhibitions, demonstrations, and through numerous publications, Kimura's work, and mastery keeps on growing. For a person whose original plan was to become a rock and roll musician, life has taken its own turn for the better. Kimura's teenage years was spent under apprentice learning and perfecting the art.
After working in the horticultural field for a while, his incredible skill with carving deadwood quickly made him well known. His vision and energy soon became well respected. Along with bonsai, other traditional Japanese art forms such as ikebana and Zen gardens are synonymous with Japanese culture around the world.