Images from the Riviera of Flowers



On September 26th-27th 2009 the fourth "Imperia Bonsai Festival" has taken place  organized by the Bonsai Cultural Association "Drynemetum Bonsai Club".

Demonstrations and lectures, workshop and a very funished market, all to the insignia of the Bonsai art.

In the main  square, spectacles, attractions and side events.

The stones of Mr. Angelo Attinà, Mr. Ezio Piovanelli, Mrs. Luciana Queirolo, Mr. Andrea Schenone , all Aias members :


Mr. Angelo Attinà

 Mr. Ezio Piovanelli


Mrs. Luciana Queirolo


Mr. Andrea Schenone

Some of the chinese stones displayed , from a collection of Mr.Jean-Claude Febb :





September 19-20th 2009
Fuji Sato Company
  Chirch Street
 Nole - Grange Hamlet (To)


Bonsai and Suiseki of Mr.Bruno Beltrame

Under the logistic and organaizing  direction of Mr Massimo Bandera, has taken place the XIV National Congress of Bonsai and Suiseki  Instructors.

A very high level exhibition : the ample spaces of fitting out  have permitted to place in full prominence the quality of exhibition  of the Instructors and not.

 The stones exhibited :

U.B.I. has been represented  by "Mother's love"
of Mr.Marino Nikpal
Chinese Agata
of Mrs.Chiara Padrini
Kikkaseki of
Messrs. Fujy  Sato

Mrs.Chiara Padrini



(One photo by Mr.Roberto Galanti)

Two Yagata-ishi   (hut stones) exhibited as  company stone to Bonsai

The images of I.B.S.  Instructors'  stones ,  A.I.A.S. members :

Mr. Angelo Attinà

 Mr. Angelo Attinà

 Mr. Marino Nikpal


Mr. Marino Nikpal

 Mr. Ezio Piovanelli

Mr.Ezio Piovanelli


Mrs. Luciana Queirolo

 Mrs. Luciana Queirolo

Mr. Andrea Schenone

Mr. Andrea Schenone


The  jury has so decided  in awarding  the stones :

"Woman with mantle"
of Mr. Claudio Pecol
Fuji Sato Award
Mr.Massimo Bandera, Mrs.Luciana Queirolo
I.B.S. Award
Mr.Ezio Piovanelli, Mr.Andrea Schenone

of Mr. Giuseppe Mauriello
 B.C.I. President Award
Judge : Mrs.Chiara Padrini

(Two photo by Mr.Roberto Galanti)

The awarding  moment :

Mr. Claudio Pecol

Mr. Giuseppe Mauriello

The new pages about the 12th A.I.A.S. Exhibition and Congress - 2009 Edition

In Lugano has taken place the 12th A.I.A.S. Exhibition and Congress - 2009 Edition.

You will find images and news on the exhibition to the following pages :

Kind Visitors are informed that for reasons of space the pages devoted  to the A.I.A.S. Congress 2007 have been moved in the page "Brushing up old photos".

The N°9 of the “Bonsai & Suiseki Magazine” is on line. In this number...

We signal the reprise, after the summer pause, of the number nine issue of September 2009 of  the “Bonsai & Suiseki Magazine”.
The Magazine is visible and freely downloaded from the following links :
in Pdf format:

In dynamical graphic display and high definition of images:
In addition to the editorial of Mr. Antonio Ricchiari, "The Japan . Where aesthetics takes the lead",  this number has in summary :
From Bonsai & Suiseki world                                                                                                             
             The most hateful theft !” – Mr. Daniele Abbattista
             The meridians” – Mr. Gennaro Terlizzi
             “What to know before planning the Japanese garden - II Part” – Mr.Gian Luigi Enny
             Some thoughts on Haiku”  - Mr. Massimo Beggio
             “Story of a stone” – Mrs. Daniela Schifano
             “Perhaps not everybody knows that the Juniper...” - Mrs. Elisabetta Ruò
Exhibitions and events                                                                                                                         
               “Central Italy Bonsai Exhibition – Foligno ”– Mr. Luca Bragazzi
In the bookshop                                                                                                                                       
                “Bonsai & News” – Mr. Antonio Ricchiari
Bonsai ‘cult’                                                                                                                                             
                 “Associations and tendency to form associations. An always current theme.
                    – Mr. Giovanni Genotti
                 “Bonsai and art. An always opened debate ” – Mr. Antonio Ricchiari
My experience                                                                                                                                          
                 “The ugly duckling” – Mr. Francesco Santini
                 “The cypress named Mustafà” – Mr.Giacomo Pappalardo e Mr.Antonio Ricchiari
                 “Let us graft a Juniper ”  – Mr. Andrea Meriggioli
To suiseki lesson                                                                                                                                   
                Personal evolution in the art to examine  stones. “We are the story!”” – 
                  Mrs. Luciana Queirolo
                “The suiseki art” – Mr. Felix G. Rivera
The opinion of...                                                                                                                                    
                “Mr. Edoardo Rossi” – Mr.Giuseppe Monteleone
At school of aesthetics                                                                                                                           
                The half-waterfall style”  – Mr. Antonio Ricchiari
The monthly species                                                                                                                               
                “The ficus - I Part” – Mr. Antonio Acampora
Notes of cultivation                                                                                                                                
                 “The defoliation  - I Part” – Mr. Luca Bragazzi
Bonsai  Techniques                                                                                                                                
                 “The  pot choosing - I Part” – Mr. Antonio Acampora
Oddone's corner                                                                                                                                          
                  “The Juniper ” – Mr. Carlo Oddone
Club's life                                                                                                                                                 
                 “Drynemetum Bonsai Club ONLUS”  – Mr. Gianfranco Pezzoni 
Japan seen from the nearby                                                                                                                
                 The aesthetics  in the tea ceremony”  – Mr. Antonio Ricchiari     
                 “Shade book - Tanizaki Junichiro”  – Mrs. Anna Lisa Somma                  
What insect is it ?                                                                                                                                 
                “Environmental  damages by stress” - Mr. Luca Bragazzi

The N°7/8 of the “Bonsai & Suiseki Magazine” is on line. In this double number...


We signal the publication of a double number of the "Bonsai & Suiseki Magazine" covering the months of July and August 2009, in which Dr.Mrs.Anna Lisa Somma, just graduated in Italian Literature, starts the cooperation as responsible for the critical revision of Japanese literature and  finction tests.

The Magazine is visible and freely downloaded in Pdf format from the following link :

In addition to the editorial of Mr. Antonio Acampora, this number has in summary :
From Bonsai & Suiseki world                                                                                                     
             “To design a Japanese garden - 1st Part” – Mr.G.L.Enny
             “Not only Suiseki”  - Mr.C.M.Galli
             “BCI Artist, photographer, writer Award 2009” – Mr.A.Ricchiari
             "Zen and acquarium" - Mr.C.Scafuri
Exhibitions and events                                                                                                                 
               “National Bonsai e Suiseki Show” – Mr. E.Ferrari
               “XI National Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition”  –  Mr. D.Abbattista, Mrs.D.Schifano
In the bookshop                                                                                                                              
                “Bonsai paths” – Mr.A.Ricchiari
                “Bonsai-Basic Course” – Mr.C.Scafuri
Bonsai ‘cult’                                                                                                                                    
                 “The style. Beauty details” – Mr.A.Ricchiari
                 “The harvesting in the Nature” – Mr.G.Genotti
My experience                                                                                                                                 
                 “The magic tree” – Mr.A.Del Col
                 “The Baptism on the field” – Mr.D.Drabinghausen
                 “The hawthorn dedicated to my father”  – Mr.G.La Susa 
                 “Our demo at Arco di Trento”  – Mr.F.Springolo, Mr.M.Tarozzo
                 “Carrying out a ishizuki - II Part” – Mr. C.M.Galli
                 “A week-end at Metz”  – Mr.N.Crivelli
To suiseki lesson                                                                                                                            
                “The ma around a stone” – Mrs. L.Queirolo
The opinion of...                                                                                                                             
                “Mr. Giorgio Castagneri” – Mr. G.Monteleone
At school of aesthetics                                                                                                                   
                The waterfall style”  – Mr. A.Ricchiari
The monthly species                                                                                                                       
                “Azalea - 3rd Part” – Mr. R.Smiderle
Notes of cultivation                                                                                                                        
                 “The bio-stimulating substances - II Part” – Mr. L.Bragazzi
 Bonsai  Techniques                                                                                                                       
                 “The seasoned wood” – Mr.A.Acampora
Club's life                                                                                                                                         
                 “Bonsai Club Castelli Romani”  – Mr.C.Cofani
                 “Bonsai Club di Lorena”  – Mr.L.Pepe
Japan seen from the nearby                                                                                                         
                 “Japan: the empire of gestures”  – Mr.A.Ricchiari
                 “In the Japan of the women”  – Mrs.A..L.Somma
                 “Oriental novels”  – Mrs.A..L.Somma
What insect is it ?                                                                                                                          
                “Plant pathology 7th Part” - Mr. L.Bragazzi

IV° Trophy Town of Poppi: report of Mr.Marino Nikpal


June 6th - 7th 2009


“Town of Poppi”


Report by Mr. Marino Nikpal

 Photo Gallery (requires Flash Player)

On 6th and 7th June 2009 in Poppi (AR) has taken place the annual rendezvous with the "City of Poppi Trophy" arrived  to its 4th edition.  The exhibition has, as always, been organized by the “Club Toshoo En” in the wonderful setting of the Poppi Castle, main monument of the Casentino, belonged to the Counts Guidi, which contrarily to all other castles and medieval architectures of the Region, has not been ruined by the time and by men since it has always been used as residence of the political or local administrative power and for this to day it can show off its beauty and stateliness in the Casentinese valley .

The Poppi Castle

Despite the severe weather, which has pursued in both the two days, there has been a good crowd  of public that has appreciated the displayed Bonsai and Suiseki.

On conclusion of the event the judge, Mr. Marino Nikpal, has granted the two first prizes to :

“Belvedere” of Mr. Ettore Gardini

“The wind’s silence” of Mr. Carlo Laghi

of Mr.Ettore Gardini
"The wind’s silence"
of Mr.Carlo Laghi

                                    The three mentions of merit have been assigned to :

Landscape stone
of Mr. Marco Bocci
"Sweet hills"
of Mr. Attilio Valdifiori
"In meditation"
of Mr. Claudio Nuti

The I.B.S. Plate have been assigned to :


of Mr. Carlo Laghi

The appointment is , as always, for next year.

The other displayed suiseki :


 of Mr.Sergio Bassi

Object stone

of Mr.Fabrizio Buccini

"Macchu Picchu"

 of Mr.Ettore Gardini


of Mr.Ettore Gardini


 of Mrs.Paola Gramigni

"The cave"

of Mr.Carlo Laghi

"The wayfarer" 

of Mr.Carlo Laghi

"Not only palombino"

of Mr.Marino Nikpal

"The ghost"

 of Mr.Claudio Nuti


of Mr.Claudio Nuti

"The king of the sea"

 of Mr.Cristiano Rosadini

"Where rivers flow"

 of Mr.Attilio Valdifiori

"The house of Gods"

 of Mr.Attilio Valdifiori


The 12th CERSM exhibition : report by Mr. Claudio Villa

Cervia Garden City May 30th-31st 2009

The event "Cervia Garden City", arrived to 37th edition, has hosted the most skilful gardeners of Italy and of Europe for floral fittings which have involved  all the storic center area with gardens, flowerbeds, and sculptures in the green, contemporaneously with plants, flowers, bonsai markets and topical exhibitions.In this wonderful setting, awarded by the President of the Republic with a plate, has taken place the 12th edition of the CERSM magnificently organized by the Cervia Bonsai Association with the patronage of the Cervia Commune and of the UBI.

In the suggestive scenery of the ancient Salt Warehouse built in 1712 and recently restored, 12 Clubs from Emilia-Romagna have given life to an exhibition much appreciated by the public and enthusiasts.
Despite the bad weather, hundred people interested by 61  high level bonsai specimen have discovered the “novelty” of  a quality suiseki exhibition with 17 specimen selected.

In the Suiseki contest, which was judged by Mr. Marino Nikpal IBS Instructor, also present as UBI Representative, there were classified : 3rd place a multistand of Mrs. Maria Petillo of the Bizantina Bonsai of Ravenna, 2nd place  “Eagle” of Mr.Ulisse Maccaferri , 1st place  “Red sunset”, a landscape stone of Mr. Claudio Villa.

To the CERSM exhibition there were present stones of materials  and place of origin alternative to the “ Ligurian Palombino “ as a proof of a continuous search by the enthusiasts  with the purpose  to enrich their own collections with new materials.

                                                                                             Mr. Claudio Villa, A.I.A.S. member

The images


1° Prize
"Red sunset"
of Mr.Claudio Villa
2° Prize
of Mr.Ulisse Maccaferri
3° Prize
of Mrs.Maria Petillo


Ritual photo: the winners receive the awards  by the Judge Mr. Marino Nikpal

The XI Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition “City of Frascati"

City Municipal Palace of Frascati, home of the event

Frascati, May 22nd -24th 2009

XI Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition

“City of Frascati”


Report by Mrs.Daniela Schifano

 Photo Gallery (requires Flash Player)

The eleventh edition of the "Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition City of Frascati", organized  by the “Bonsai Club Roman Castles“  has taken place : three days during which, enthusiasts and not, could admire the outstanding specimen of Bonsai & Suiseki  in exhibition  in an atmosphere  where the attendance of experts of the other Japanese disciplines housed, such as Ikebana and Shodo, has given rise  to an unique occasion of confrontation  and synergy.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and to the availability  of the Frascati Major Mr. Franco Posa,  the event has been held in the premises  of the City Municipal Palace of Frascati  magnificently frescoed and furnished.

Welcome tokonoma

As member of the Organizing Club , I have attended to all the phases of the event : I have given some assistance in the staging of the exhibition spaces, a moment of great labour  but also of similar satisfaction when one  catches that  the organizing  efforts  of the Club  give life to an harmonic environment where to display  at one’s best. I have taken part to the “disassembly”, perhaps  the most unhappy moment  but during which  one can make mentally a first balance of the present and give  appointment  to the next edition. I have received and assisted  the public interested  with suiseki  : the stones, placed in a reserved small room were of great quality and effect, and many have been the question  and the curiosity  of visitors, but always  with same culminating comments : "But are they really natural" ?

An example for all : an enthusiast and happy lady  has acknowledged  herself  in the common passion for suiseki  and has come back  on next day  to let us see  the result of many  years’ stones collecting. I have followed with interest the demonstrations  of Bonsai technique  made by the IBS Instructor Mr. Mirco Tedeschi, sole judge of the event, and who among other things  has enriched  our knowledge commenting one by one all tokonomas made ready. 

 A partial view of the main hall

A moment of the workshop held by  IBS Instructor Mr. Mirco Tedeschi

 The Ikebana dimostration of Mrs. Lina Alicino

I have appreciated the delicate Ikebana exhibited by the Sogetsu School of Tokyo,  and the demonstration  of the Grand Master of the  Tokyo Sogetsu  School   President  of Ranson   Study Group   Mrs. Lina Alicino.   The choice of essences  and of the pots for the  Kusamono plants  and their display have been our contact points .

Mr. Riccardo Sirica, Shodo Master , the Japanese calligraphy, has  commented  the style  of exposed scrolls,  putting the accent  on the quality  of  calligraphy  and evidencing  the difference between the Japanese  writing  and that Chinese.

So a three days during which numerous have been  for “living” bonsai , suiseki  and not only, together with other friends, being them experts, singles enthusiast or beginners.

For description : the prize  for the "Best Suiseki  Displayed" has been given , ex aequo, to the following  Suiseki :

Object stone
of Mr. Fabrizio Buccini
Origin : Liguria
Lake stone
of Mrs. Daniela Schifano
Origin : Liguria
“Countrysides'  dream”

The stones in display :

Landscape stone

of Mr.Fabrizio Buccini

Origin : Liguria

Landscape stone 

of Mrs. Daniela Schifano

Origin : Japan

The unfound island

Object stone of

Mrs. Daniela Schifano

Origin : Liguria

 “At the downs of the Day

Landscape stone

of Mr. Giovanni Vegliandi

Origin : Liguria




The N°6 of the “Bonsai & Suiseki Magazine” is on line. In this number...


We signal the issue of the sixth number  of June 2009 of the “Bonsai & Suiseki Magazine”, which  again overcomes  the number of articles and that "… signs the birth of a new section  “Japan seen  from near”,  and where articles of various nature, having in Japan and in the Japanese culture their common denominator, will be dealt."

The Magazine is visible and freely downloaded in Pdf format from the following link :

In addition to the editorial of Mr. Antonio Ricchiari, “ The non homologated Bonsai” the sixth number has in summary :

From Bonsai & Suiseki world                                                                                                
             “The Zen Garden - 2nd Part” – Mr. G.L.Enny
             The base makes the difference”  –  Mr. S.Bassi
             “The holistic therapies - 2nd Part” – Mr. G.Terlizzi
             "Do you want to go in Japan ? " –  Mr. M.Tarozzo
Exhibitions and events                                                                                                            
               “ArcoBonsai 2009” – Mr. A.Meriggioli
               “Spring Exhibition”  –  Mr. D.Abbattista
             “Carignano Flowers and Wines”  - Mr. A.Defina
In the bookshop                                                                                                                          
                “Bonsai. The art to cultivate miniature trees” – Mr. A.Ricchiari
                “The spirit of Japanese art” – Mr. A.Ricchiari
Bonsai ‘cult’                                                                                                                                
                 “Figure and role  of the Bonsai Master  between East and West” – 
                   Mr. A.Ricchiari
                 “A judgement of  the judges…” – Mr. G.Genotti
My experience                                                                                                                            
                 “Some notes about defoliation” – Mr. A.Meriggioli
                 “Carrying out a ishizuki” – Mr. C.M.Galli
                 “Evolutive path of a rural Acer”  – Mr. A.Dal Col 
To suiseki lesson                                                                                                                     
                Suiban, doban & sand & water...” – Mrs. L.Queirolo
The opinion of...                                                                                                                      
                “Mr. Gianfranco Giorgi” – Mr. A.Ricchiari
At school of aesthetics                                                                                                             
                The inclined style”  – Mr. A.Ricchiari
The monthly species                                                                                                                 
                “Azalea - 2nd Part” – Mr. R.Smiderle
Notes of cultivation                                                                                                                  
                 “The bio-stimulating substances” – Mr. L.Bragazzi
 Bonsai  Techniques                                                                                                                 
                 “The tambahoo” – Mr.A.Acampora
Club's life                                                                                                                                   
                 “Over the green - BonsaiGymnasium” – Mr. M.Tarozzo
Japan seen from the nearby                                                                                                  
                 The Katana:one of the oriental ways” –  Mr.A.Ricchiari                                       
What insect is it ?                                                                                                                   
                “Plant pathology 6th Part” - Mr. L.Bragazzi

The XVI Spring Exhibition 2009 in the Botanical Garden of Rome

Rome, 9th-10th  May 2009

report by Mrs.Daniela Schifano
(translation by Mr.Vito Di Venere)
The month of May in Rome is traditionally rich of appointments for the bonsai and suiseki  lovers.

The first appointment  of the month is the “Spring Exhibition”,  organized by the Roma Bonsai Cultural Association in cooperation with the Vegetable Biology Department of “La Sapienza” University  at the Botanical Garden of Rome.


The event, arrived at its 16th edition , took place on the days 9th-10th  May 2009.

As for the previous editions it has been marked by the elegance of the fittings, by the quality of  the specimen exhibited  and by the generous hospitality of the  organizing Club’s President Mr. Enrico Sallusti, without leaving out the wonderful location of the Botanical Garden

About 50 tokonomas  have hosted the bonsai of the Association’s members and of the invited Clubs, and seven suiseki, of which 6 in contest  and one out of contest, since exhibited by Mr. Fabrizio Buccini , sole judge for suiseki , who has assigned the Plate “Award for the best display of Suiseki” to the lake stone of Mr. Lamberto Angeletti, of the Club Asseb (Sabine Bonsai and Suiseki Association)  displayed in a suiban.

The A.I.A.S. has been represented  by the suiseki of the members Mr. Vito Di Venere and Mrs.

Daniela Schifano, together in the photo with the President  Mr. Enrico Sallusti.


Year after year the number of the stones exhibited is increasing  for careful determination of the organizing Club, which has seized the opportunity , in the speech of the President Mr. Enrico Sallusti, for  inviting the enthusiasts of all the Clubs to participate to the next edition  of the event  with their own suiseki “.

The curiosity and enthusiasm  of Visitors opposite to suiseki is the best incentive to participate and best satisfaction  that one can get.

The next event organized  by the  Roma Bonsai Cultural Association  is the “II Exhibition of   Boys Town” , the autumnal appointment on October 10th-11th  2009 in the Club’s premises at the
Boys Town.
But for the enthusiasts  the 11th BONSAI AND SUISEKI EXHIBITION  CITY OF FRASCATI, organized by the Roman Castles Bonsai Club, is the next event not to miss  : I will be at disposal of those who will share with us, “stone collectors” of A.I.A.S., the passion  for the stones.
                                                                                                                              Mrs. Daniela Schifano

The Suiseki exhibited


Mr. Lamberto Angeletti
Lake Stone
Origin : Liguria
Plate “Award for the best exhibition of Suiseki”

Mr. Paolo Buonaiuto
Plateau Stone
Origin : Liguria

Mr. Fabrizio Buccini
Lake Stone
Origin : Liguria
Out of Contest

Mr. Vito Di Venere
"Deep gorge"
Origin : Lombardy
Mr. Vito Di Venere
"What remains of the day"
Origin : Liguria

Mrs. Daniela Schifano
"The unfound island"
Origin : Japan
Mrs. Daniela Schifano
"The hermit"
Origin : Italia, China

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