Niwaki of maple

        A little reminder to start. The term niwaki is not just to nominate trees with dense masses of vegetation poetically called “clouds” by the West and are distributed on both sides along the trunk of a tree. But this term niwaki means all trees of a garden from the time when man intervenes to guide them by pruning.

As for the Japanese pruning, it is used to reveal in a confined space such as the garden, the beauty of the tireless work of the various elements in nature. Or restore aesthetically closer to reality the characteristics of the essence of a tree and this which was broken, twisted, heavier, denser, reiterated…

And if the formation of “clouds” to characterize the forms of a heterogeneous canopy fully applies to softwood, the situation is quite different when it comes to most of the deciduous species. There is one in every case where it does not especially, there is that of “acer”, the maples.

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Their main characteristic is the lightness. A single layer of leaves on branches extending to touch the infinity… Create clouds and densification of the vegetation is simply an aberration. Again, this may be vegetable sculpture, but certainly not Japanese pruning.

A maple with “clouds” is something that in Japan, you’ll never see!

The nobility of a handmade tool

        To have a soul, it is essential that an object has sprouted in the imagination of a person, but not only. It is also necessary that he has taken birth in his hands … The moving work of them of all materials.

A mechanical, stereotyped, industrial work provides only lifeless objects. Only handicrafts, handmade are works of art, precious objects. Only when there is a wonderful idea, a high-quality craftsmanship that we reach the pinnacle of human creativity. A definition of luxury. Enrich his life by the beauty, rarity, unique…

Our Japanese tools are handmade by the shokunin – the Japanese craftsmen – and fed on a millennial experience in garden design and steel work, allowing them to represent the ultimate in quality, finesse and precision of tooling. Each piece is UNIQUE.

Imagine the feelings of pleasure and safety, luxury and refinement, associated with high technology giving them a lightness and ease of use unmatched… These beautiful art works are imbued of all the authenticity of Japan.

* In photo, a specialized secateur in the pruning of fruit trees (cherry, apricot, plum and apple)



       Recently, an article in the SNHF magazine described the word “hortitherapy”, originally from England, which designates since the past thirty years, a practice that is becoming more capable over time to improve the lives of patients and their relatives, accompany them to the best, using a soothing environment such as garden, or a manual, artistic and creative support such as gardening activity.

If we look closer, this practice had a routine application in the past in our hospitals and asylums. These institutions have always had beautiful gardens including maintenance amounted mostly to patients, especially in asylums.

The goal is not to praise unduly this past to consider it as a blessed time – because there is no doubt that despite some constraints of profitability ever more draconian, considerable progress has been made at the reception and the relationship with patients – but to rather and simply note that in terms of green spaces, we have significantly decreased… !

The Architecture of the hospital has evolved, in first it had to find place for cars, construct buildings to receive some technologies becoming more and more sophisticated and specialized, re-fit out to minimize the risk of infection… Thus, concrete has invaded everything and gradually replaced trees, flower beds and vegetable gardens.

For twenty years, Americans and Japanese have conducted numerous studies which highlighted the positive impact that the plant could have on stress and anxiety of patients, just like the color green, singing birds or the murmur of a brook… The benefit is become quickly apparent because all these elements allowed to reduce the length of hospitalization.
So obvious that in Canada today, the construction of a hospital must include the creation of a garden in its technical specifications !

When will the awareness for France ?!

Welcome on Niwaki and Niwashi’s blog…!

Good morning at all…!

       Niwashi means “man of garden” in Japanese… This blog are going therefore to apply to all lovers of beautiful garden and tools, but not only for fans of Japanese garden and Japanese pruning or niwaki. To all lovers of the garden…
In addition, the excellence of garden tools should not be solely restricted to a small number…

      The Niwaki and Niwashi’s blog are going to address various and diverse topics, the art of Japanese garden and niwaki, of course, but also on everything that can be attractive in the garden in general …

      I will welcome you with a great pleasure ! This blog will not exist in a conventional way, but I will write you a variety of articles according to the current events and in an irregularly way. It can also possible that I note you some remarks on a very personal way or simply inform you of an interesting event to come. The comments are opened, so don’t hesitate to share, but if you prefer, you can obviously write me. I will answer each of your messages, as I have always done, even if sometimes with a little late …

See you soon !