Ai-Kyou at the Plaza Athénée Hotel
Ai-Kyou was exhibited for the first time outside Japan in the Cour Jardin of the Plaza Athénée Hotel, “in memory of its home town”. This 80 year-old maple tree was passed down amongst the greatest bonsai masters, including the illustrious Kunio Kobayashi, renowned for his high standards and creativity. He said that “the structure of this tree, with its timeless classicism, is perfect. It is rooted in the earth by an incredible nebari, the most beautiful I have ever seen on a maple tree”.