The fourth owner is Koji Hiramatsu, who is the eldest son of Kuniaki. Koji Hiramatsu grew up under his father, who has become a bonsai master. Koji is now regarded as a promising bonsai artist who will carry the future of the bonsai industry.
Koji Hiramatsu produces a wide range of products from dynamic and large-sized bonsai to palm-sized shohin small bonsai pieces. He puts his focus on shohin bonsai said to have been originated by Yorinaga Matsudaira, the 12th head of the Matsudaira family.
Japan Professional Artist Exhibition
- Prime Ministers Award – 1989, 92, 99, 2001
- Ministry of Education Award – 1994, 96
- Ministry of Agriculture Award-1995
- Ministry of Environment-2000
- Mainichi Newspaper Award – 1997
- Japan Full Bloom Award (Satsuki) – 1985, 90
- Japan Bonsai Association Award-1998
In 1970’s Marc Studied Bonsai in Japan under Master Kimura and has also been mentored by other Japanese masters as well, including John Naka and Saburo Kato.
John Naka recognized Marc as having a unique and identifiable style with natural artistic ability and technical knowledge.
Marc is also responsible for The Noelanders Trophy, which takes place early each year. The trophy is perhaps the best and most well known trophy of Europe.
His sketching skills are on par with his Bonsai skills. The final result perfectly matches the sketch he creates.
He also runs 10 schools across the world; across the Netherlands, USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Israel, United Kingdom to name a few.
Currently he serves as the President of Europe Bonsai Association, Director of WBFF for Europe region.
- Founder President of Malaysia Penjing Arts Creation Society.
- President of Malaysia Penjing Arts Creation Society 1996 – 1998, 2015 – 2017 and 2017 – 2019.
- Member of the Malaysia Bonsai Judge Organization.
- Judging in Hwa Fung National Bonsai Competition and Exhibition, Taiwan.2014, 2015, 2016.
- Demonstrator of the 8th World Bonsai Convention, Saitama, Japan.
My bonsai masters are Taiwanese. Master Chen Jian Liang, Master Li Zhong Hong, Master Cheng Chen Kong n Master Xu Song Zhan.
The bonsai work of Morten Albek have been published in many books, and also in step-by-step articles at the Bonsai Focus magazine and other publications in Europe, Japan and China e.g. He has the popular website www.shohin-europe.com since 2003, that have many followers of the art of Shohin bonsai.
In 2008 he released the book “Shohin-Bonsai, Majesty in Miniature” which was the first book devoted to Shohin-bonsai outside Japan. He has studied the art in Japan and produced television features about the art, and is Bonsai Ambassador of the Shanghai Botanical Gardens bonsai collection.
Bonsai Empire began as the dream of a young kid (Oscar), who at age fifteen created a simple website about his hobby. This was back in December 2000. Since that time, the website grew to become the online Bonsai platform and community, supported by a group of people that share one vision; connecting through Bonsai.
With the recent increase of interest in Bonsai, and the spread of this hobby across the globe, the vision slowly became reality in the form of of millions of visitors a year, with a vibrant and active community as a result.
Peter began his professional career and has been working extensively across Europe and the US whilst returning back to Japan several times a year to polish up his skills and repay his debt to Mr. Kobayashi. Peter has a wide range of experience but prefers to work with trees that have unique character.
His trees are recognized as great masterpieces of the tropical world, eight of them were selected in the World Bonsai Contest, and one of them as the second runner up, in 2005. In 2015 he won the first prize on the World Shohin Photo Award in Japan. As the President of the Federación Bonsai de Puerto Rico, -FEBOPRI- Pedro was proud to host the BCI FELAB Convention in Puerto Rico, in July 2007, the World Bonsai Convention 2009 and Internationals Conventions on 2014 & 2015.
Therefore he was attracted to bonsai and ever changing nature of trees. Sometimes the weather takes its toll, but the plants accept change without any complaints.
He made that his mantra for life, to accept everyday as it comes. This he continues till date.
Now he has more than 300 students. He teaches them to become either bonsai trainer or bonsai artist including bonsai appreciation and judging. He is a true teacher and a Oyakata.
After participation in many international bonsai events, he co-edited the Bonsai Handbook in 2005 in Emecé editors. Exhibitions and trips abroad gave him enough knowledge to win the 1st Prize of the Senior Bonsai Contest during the Bonsai Matsuri the same year, in the Japanese Garden of Buenos Aires, a competition that would also reward him in his two subsequent presentations, both in 2007 and 2008, with an International jury.
He teaches his Bonsai techniques through out the New England area and throughout the United States. Suthin shares new information and techniques whenever he teaches. His Bonsai are know for their proportion, refinement and detail. Suthin and his wife operate www.suthinbonsaistudio.com in Stoughton, Massachusetts
He is now:
- Member of Executive Board of Ornamental Plants – Orchid Society of HCM City
- University of Science HCM city Bonsai Club’s instructor
- A Judge of Bonsai art.
- He is own more than 100 Bonsai in his collection
- Master of Bonsai styling.
- Winning plenty of Bonsai awards in the country organized by local and International as well.
Board of Director for Bonsai Clubs International 2003-2005 and Member of Association of British Bonsai Artists.
Tony is a founding member of ‘Black Scissors’ the global creative brotherhood of bonsai artists. An event planner, in 2015 and 2017 Tony organised Bonsai Europa the BIGGEST bonsai event in the UK. He has a regular column in the widest circulation Bonsai Magazine ‘Bonsai Focus’ and writes for specialist publications worldwide.
Tony’s blog and YouTube channel has over 3 Million visits.
Tony demonstrates at major conferences throughout the UK, Europe and across the world, including: South Africa, China, Brazil, India, South America, Australia and the USA. Nominated for a Noelanders award in 2009.