When we were in Los Angles, in January, Andrew made sure dinner one night was in Little Tokyo, he spent a couple of years in Japan and loves the food and energy of the culture. He picked a restaurant that just happened to be right by Kinokunia Bookstore, coincidence? I think not. Luckily we browsed the magazine section and found this...
Bizarre Plants Handbook, yes please! Of course 99% is in Japanese, but the photos alone were worth the hefty $11.99 price tag. There are 129 pages devoted to all kinds of plant related topics.
I found a few interesting links online. There is this, which would seem to indicate that BRUTUS is not always about plants. There's also Straight Bizarre Books, which features photos also found in this issue, as well as other titles.
Several pages (35-ish) are devoted to something that looks a lot like plant profiles? I'll take this one please.
And this one too!
They don't discriminate, all kinds of plants are included. I wanted to scan so many of these pages and share them with you!
The next section seems to feature a person and their plants... "Specialists"...this is #01
Still working on #01
And wrapping up #01
This 2-page spread was in another "Specialists" feature.
Those images above might belong to this gentleman, reading Japanese would be handy about now.
English words pop up every now and then, like down there in the small print in the corner, Gethyllis villosa.
I want to visit the Chatuchak Plants Market!
Just hangin' with my giant Bromeliad at the market...
"Know Before You Go"...
This was a fun surprise, I know that guy! Well I don't know him personally, but I've been following his adventures on the blog, Dyckia Brazil for years now.
Four pages were devoted to crispy plants.
Agave salmiana ver. Ferox
Then there are pages and pages devoted to shops, what fun it would be to visit them all. Thankfully many of them have their name in English too, so I can look them up online.
This one, Nepenthes Tokyo is familiar, I think maybe a friend (tvojt) has previously sent me a link to their page. Sadly now I can't find it.
Love this, everything about it...why don't we have publications like this in the USA? Ya I know, you don't have to answer that question.
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Images scanned from BRUTUS, Bizarre Plants Handbook 10.25.2016, printed in Japan. Words © 2009-2017 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.