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Swiss wins Japanese Bonsai competition

Pius Notter with his winning Bonsai

(Keystone)

A Swiss grower of ornamental trees has won the top award at a prestigious Japanese Bonsai competition in Tokyo. It's the first time the award has gone to a westerner.

Pius Notter, who lives in canton Aargau, scooped the prize with a 120-centimetre-high Bonsai. He grew the tree from a 400-year-old mountain pine, which had been damaged in a rockslide.

Notter, who has been growing Bonsais for 24 years, beat off competition from 600 other ornamental tree growers to win the category for the best foreign exhibit at the Taikanten show.

It's not the first time Notter has been honoured in Japan. In 1988 he was awarded a prize by the Nippon Bonsai Association.

swissinfo with agencies

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