Bonsai Tools & Accessories

Zhong Kui – The Ghostbuster in Chinese and Japanese Mythology

Jun 30th, 2011 | By
Zhong Kui – The Ghostbuster in Chinese and Japanese Mythology

Only until recently have I learned from a Japanese bonsai friend that Zhong Kui (鍾馗 in Chinese) is not only a well-known mythology character in Chinese culture, but also in the Japanese culture. Well, I shouldn’t be too surprised since there is so much in common between the two cultures.



Zhuge Liang (Kong Ming) – The Crouching Dragon

May 5th, 2011 | By
Zhuge Liang (Kong Ming) – The Crouching Dragon

From time to time, I receive emails from customers asking me for more details about the few figurines of significant Chinese historical characters that are now selling in Happy Bonsai Shop. Some of these figurines are the most popular characters in Chinese history.



Shiwan Figurine Faces

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By
Shiwan Figurine Faces

Shiwan figurines are known for their colorful and lively facial expressions. Here I would like to share with you some photos of the faces of these beautiful ceramic figurines. For more photos, please visit the album of Shiwan Figurine Faces in Happy Bonsai Gallery. All photos are taken during my last trip to Shiwan, Foshan.



Foshan Nanfeng Kiln & Shiwan Chinese Figurines

Feb 8th, 2011 | By
Foshan Nanfeng Kiln & Shiwan Chinese Figurines

Shiwan has been known for its beautiful earthenware figurines for hundreds of years. Indeed, the term “Shiwan figurine” is widely used to refer to all sculptures made in Shiwan. While many fans of Shiwan figurines are bonsai lovers who enjoy decorating their bonsai trees with Chinese figurines, others simply love collecting these



Good Fun with Figurines in Bonsai

Jan 18th, 2011 | By
Good Fun with Figurines in Bonsai

Penjing lovers like using bonsai figurines to decorate their penjing (bonsai in Chinese).  Most of these figurines are the traditional Chinese clay figurines of historical or mythology figures.  But in the 1st Institute of Lingnan Penjing Competition, I found that beside my use of Doraemon in my penjing, some of my penjing club fellow members
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Use of Chinese Figurines in Penjing

Dec 13th, 2010 | By
Use of Chinese Figurines in Penjing

There is something that one can often find in a Chinese penjing but never in a Japanese bonsai. That is Chinese figurine. As mentioned in an earlier post – Figurines in Penjing, instead of focusing on the tree itself, Chinese penjing artists work on creating a miniature natural scene in a bonsai pot or on
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How to Choose Rocks for Landscape Bonsai

Aug 17th, 2010 | By
How to Choose Rocks for Landscape Bonsai

Generally, Chinese penjing (penjing is bonsai in Chinese) can be categorized into three types: tree penjing, landscape penjing (Shanshui Penjing, 山水盆景 in Chinese), and water-and-land penjing (shuihan penjing, 水旱盆景 in Chinese). Unlike tree penjing, which has dwarfed trees be the core and only element in the pot, landscape penjing and water-and-land penjing have rocks playing
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Figurines in Penjing

Jun 10th, 2010 | By
Figurines in Penjing

As mentioned in an earlier post – Chinese Penjing & Japanese Bonsai, one of the major difference between Chinese penjing and Japanese bonsai is the scope of these two related art forms. With the meaning of the words – “bonsai” (盆栽) and “penjing” (盆景), it is clear that while the Japanese bonsai is focusing on
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Stories of the Eight Immortals

Jun 9th, 2010 | By
Stories of the Eight Immortals

A few days ago, I showed a set of bonsai figurines of the Eight Immortals to a friend from UK. I didn’t expect him to know anything about the Eight Immortals, and I was about to tell him more of this Chinese folklore. Yet, to my surprise, what my British friend knows of this group
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Introduction of Yixing Zisha Bonsai Pot

May 24th, 2010 | By
Introduction of Yixing Zisha Bonsai Pot

It is said that if we use a Yixing zisha teapot for many years, we can brew tea just by pouring boiling water into the empty pot. Highly praised for its porous nature, which works wonders in absorbing the flavor of tea, Yixing clay makes awesome teapots, while at the same time, is also an excellent material for making bonsai pot.