Inclined Bonsai Styles

Inclined Bonsai Styles: Inclined(Shakkan)

The inclined style, as its name indicates, has a sloping trunk. Curves may appear on the trunk or not: the thing that characterizes it is that by tracing a hypothetical vertical line from the apex downwards it does not fall on the base of the trunk. It is a style that bears some resemblance to the one beaten by the wind, but departs from it because the branches are directed in all directions (and not towards one as in the wind-blown style).
It is a style very frequently found in nature, above all, unlike the two styles previously treated (erect formal and erect informal), in steep areas and with a steep slope ...
It is well suited to both coniferous and deciduous trees. The most suitable materials for starting a tree in this style are plants that have roots on one side only. This style can also be used on subjects that have no branches on one side of the trunk.
There are commonly three different types of shakan:
Sho-shakan: if the tree has a modest inclination;
Chu-shakan: if the tree has an inclination between 20 ° and 40 °;
Dai-shakan: if the tree appears in an almost horizontal position (at the limit of the semi-slope).