José Manuel Blázquez relates about 'I Certamen de Suiseki de España - Arishige Matsuura' in Alcobendas (Madrid)

It has been a whole success!
We are much satisfied and we already think to celebrate the second contest for next year.

Over 3000 people have visited the Exhibition. I believe that we have nothing to envy to the exhibitions made by our bonsai friends.

Mr.Matsuura has received a very good impression from all participants; he foresee that our manifestation will become very important in the future, changing in short time in the most important event of the country, at European standard.

According his experience, this our first test has overcome the standard which is normally achieved at first experience.

Some important data pertaining to the event. The contest has received the following press releases :

  • The Newsletter of the week-end of the TV net  'The Sexta ', in the programs of noon and of the night, with an interview to Mr.Matsuura.
  • Cultural Agenda of the day of the Madrid telecast  during all the week.
  • Daily Agenda of the newspaper  'El Pais' for Madrid , on Thursday May 1st
  • Daily journal and local magazine of Alcobendas and of the north area of Madrid.
Notices there will be in the following number of ‘Bonsai Autochthonous’, with an ample article of notices on the event.
This, in spite of the fact that televisions and journals were engaged by the recurrence of the 2nd  May in Madrid: an event that, although has made to us an enormous competition , has not darken the news of our first “Certamen”  and notwithstanding the suiseki art, is so far not well known in Spain.

You can see some photos in the following links :
This is only a small summary of the 1.200 photos we have collected.
The book-catalogue of the contest will be freely distributed to all participants that have exhibited some of their suiseki, but they will be on sale with a rebate of 20% and with a reasonable price, for all members of the Spanish Suiseki Association of which it will be our care to inform you in the next weeks.


Mr. José Manuel Blázquez