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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 12:49 pm 
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I believe Wolfgang is saying that KUSAMONO breaks down into two parts Kusa, which means grass and Mono, which means thing? (One thing)
I believe, that these became so beautiful that they became the head object in the Tokonoma and are therefore presented separately without bonsai.
SHITAKUSA Shita, which means below and kusa, which means grass are the plants that are presented with Bonsai or Suiseki in the Tokonoma.

Will


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Thanks very much, Will!
Your German is much more better than my English. ;o)
Wolfgang


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 Post subject: Truly Inspiring
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:43 pm 
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I am working on getting some display elements together, and have been paying more attention to accents.
Then I see these! And the photography is impeccable!
I'm excited all over again. I plan to start doing some small handbuilt pots for accents, since my wheel throwing needs work.
Beautiful, artful, and inspiring.


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 Post subject: kusamono
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:11 pm 
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hello, those were beautiful pictures!
I was wondering if a kusamono can stand alone then what about kokedama have seen them displayed alone but could they also fall under the heading of shita kusa. thank you
sorry for my poor english.


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Hello Tadashii,
I believe that kokedama can also stand alone. Like kusamono, they can be beautiful art objects worthy of displaying on their own.
(For those of you who do not know the term, my understanding is that kokedama refers to a small grass or flowering-plant arrangement without a pot. The rootball is covered in moss, and the planting is set on a small tray.)
With my best regards,
Carl


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Is kokedama the same as NERAI ??


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Wolfgang Putz wrote:
Is kokedama the same as NERAI ??

I think the rough answer is "Yes".
But I'm not really the right person to answer - perhaps Tadashii can respond better. I presume that there are at least subtle differences, as in the kusamono / shitakusa distinction, and maybe larger ones as well. But I don't know what those differences are.
Wolfgang, do you grow nearai as well as kusamono? This is something that I want to begin doing.
-Carl


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Carl,
I don?t have a nerai but I'll try it.
Wolfgang


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 Post subject: nerai?
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Hello Carl,
I have been having a hard time understanding what you guys were talking because I have not ever heard of "nerai".
However I think you might be talking about ne arai 根洗い.
The pictures of ne arai I have seen look very similar to pictures of kokedama that I have seen. The word means "wash root" but i think it means small plant that has wrapped root and soil will not fall off roots when taken from pot. After taking it out of the pot, similar to kokedama, moss is put on the root ball and the plant is aranged in a suiban. Really, I have no experience with this - I just saw it on this website: http://www.d1.dion.ne.jp/~jolly/nearai.htm


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Tadashii,
Yes, I meant "nearai." Sorry about that.
Thank you for the explanation! It's great to have a native Japanese speaker here to explain these terms to us.
With gratitude,
Carl


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Sorry, it was MY mistake!


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 Post subject: kusanomo
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:36 am 
Thanks Wolfgang for showing us your wonderful collection of kusanomo/accent plants.


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