Tag Archive: kengai

Apr 16

Bonsai – Advanced Styles

Bankan (Twisted) Bonsai

Beyond the basic styles of chokkan (formal upright), shakan (informal upright), kengai (cascade) and so forth there are several that don’t fit neatly into those categories. The divisions are arbitrary to an extent, but like any specialty they evolve over time to help bonsai artists guide and discuss their work. Some of the more common …

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Dec 24

Bonsai Basic Styles, Part III

Kengai (Cascade) Bonsai

Kengai (Cascade) The cascade style is among the more beautiful and desired, but also more difficult to achieve. The trunk grows down below the level of the container, often twisting as it does so. In nature, a tree growing near a cliff subject to heavy snows, avalanches and wind may assume this inverted position. Those …

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