Allow me to formally introduce myself! My name is Matt Reel, I am currently 23 years of age and come from Portland, Oregon of the U.S.A. My addiction to Bonsai began when I was a 14-year-old teenager; upon graduating high school, with the help of many great friends, family, and mentors, I somehow landed myself in a small town called Obuse, located in Nagano-prefecture, Japan. Since that fateful day 5 years ago, I have been eager to gain as much knowledge possible under the expansive wing of my master (Oyakata, or to an apprentice, very strict yet caring father figure/teacher) Shinji Suzuki. I have learned to fly and am now maturing in the last thralls of my apprenticeship; it is therefor my wish to share with you what I am beginning to understand after all this time. I come back to you now, old friends, so let us enjoy the wonders of all that is Bonsai!
Enjoy the read~