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LR PRESSE: a story of one family and its passions

The story of LR PRESSE is one of family relationships and personal passions: the grandfather of the firm’s current Director, a model trains enthusiast and maker, created the first French magazine dedicated to miniature trains and the love of railways.

After his grandfather and then his father had made Loco-Revue the most-read magazine on model railways in France, Christian Fournereau, whose personal passion was publishing, wanted to broaden the firm’s activities to other areas of interest. He seized opportunities, first creating Esprit Bonsaï in 2003, then buying l'Aquarium à la maison, a magazine for aquarium enthusiasts, in 2006. It was thanks to trains that LR PRESSE created Esprit Bonsai. The first issues of the magazine were realized with the help of a Spanish publisher, Croma Press: LR PRESSE provided articles on miniature trains to Croma Press, in exchange for articles on bonsais for Esprit Bonsaï which included translations from the key Japanese magazine Kindai Bonsai.

As the years went by, and under the direction of its Editor in Chief, Michèle Corbihan, Esprit Bonsaï developed its own style and acquired an identity distinct from those of its Japanese and Spanish counterparts as it took on its own authors from a range of backgrounds and countries: France of course, but also Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, the USA …

Today, Esprit Bonsaï remains faithful to the desire on which it was founded: to speak of bonsai, of course, but also to look at other related arts such as pots, companion plants, ikebana … and all in relation to the people, the artists who shape them and who, through their work, express their own sensibilities and their respect of and love for nature and the world around them. A philosophy and a vision of the art of bonsai that we wish to share with you.


LR Presse/ Esprit Bonsai International
12 rue du Sablen - BP 30104
56401 Auray Cedex

Phone: + 33 2 97 24 01 65


In 2014, Esprit Bonsai goes International!

"We at Esprit Bonsai are proud to be able to present to you the first English-language issue of this magazine, which we founded in France 11 years ago.

What is Esprit Bonsai ? It is almost easier to define it by what it is not: 

  • It is not a technical magazine, even though it naturally covers the techniques that need to be learnt for shaping trees. 
  • It is not an art magazine, even though bonsai is undoubtedly an art.
  • It is not a celebrity magazine, even though Esprit Bonsai often includes features about the key people in the field.
  • It is not a news magazine, even though we present all the major events related to bonsai and its practice.

The first issue of Esprit Bonsaï in EnglishAs you will have understood, Esprit Bonsai is all these things at once: a magazine for everyone who loves, practises and wants to progress in the art of bonsai, with a respect for trees and nature. It is a magazine by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, which is not content simply to present techniques and great masters, but which also asks questions about the place of bonsai within the world, our lives and our daily rituals. A magazine with as much of an interest in the trees as in the men and women who create them, and as much in bonsai as in its setting, as well as in other artists such as potters or indeed kakemono painters.

Essentially, it is a magazine which bears in mind that while bonsai is an art, it is also, and perhaps above all, an international community of men and women that has taken root across the globe.

And our dearest wish is that Esprit Bonsai International might be its faithful ambassador and advocate."

Christian Fournereau, Publishing Director.