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Shin is a very formal style, and in this case the scroll always is settled precisely in the centre of a Tokonoma.
Shohin-Bonsai, Juniperus Shimpaku, in a formal set-up, (shin).
Display by Daizo Iwasaki, Japan.
Photo: Morten Albek ...


Shin, very elaborate and formal.
Gyo, intermediate and semi-formal.
So, the simplest informal.

Shin (Ten)
Japanese term for the apex of the bonsai. The top point of the tree.
Every tree must have an apex - a single point which is clearly marked as the top of the tree. Considered the most important feature of the tree; treatment of the apex determines deftness of the bonsai artist.

Ju shin
Top of the tree, includes apex and top branches.
Ka numa tsuchi ...

"CHANGING SHIN". Sometimes a major change in training strategy will greatly improve a tree and the shin point is shifted to a very different part of the tree. When this is done, it is preferable to remove ALL of the former "shin line" to avoid having conflicting themes.

Japanese tradition holds that a bonsai can only be created through the practice of '~-zen-bi', or Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. It is believed that by cultivating the tree, these three virtues are also cultivated.

The ~ Komeito Party (Japanese name for the New Komeito) is Japan's third largest party and the governing party's junior partner. It was formerly known as the Clean Government Political Assembly and the Komeito.

It is also called ''atama'' (head of the tree) and ''~'' (apex of a tree). In preparing for a bonsai tree's shape, the appearance of its top in a satisfactory form affects the status of the tree. ''The top of the tree fits in'' with its surroundings is the expression made, among others.

The plant, the shaping and surface of the soil, and the selected container come together to express "heaven and earth in one container" as a Japanese cliché has it. Three forces come together in a good bonsai: "~-zen-bi" or truth, essence and beauty.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Japanese, Style, Bonsai, Light, Tree?

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