2013 Taikan Ten Suiseki Exhibition

A few months ago I was fortunate to attend Taikan Ten held in Kyoto International Exhibition Hall Miyako Messe. The 32nd exhibition was held on November 23rd -26th. This is the largest exhibit in western Japan. Over 200 beautiful bonsai and around 50 suiseki was displayed. Almost each bonsai or suiseki was accompanied with scroll and kusamono, suiseki or tenkei. It is rare to see suiseki displayed with bonsai in Japanese bonsai exhibitions. This year there was a special exhibition of beautiful suiseki from collection of famous Japanese collector Riichi Baba. Last year photographs were allowed, which is not normally the custom in Japan. So I took photos of almost all trees and suiseki.

A large sales area completes the exhibition. There were bonsai, suiseki, stands,containers, scrolls and accessories from throughout Japan for sale.

So here are some pictures of most beautiful suiseki on the show.