this japanese white pine was grown from seed in 1994. it now measures just under 30cm. they are extremely hard to grow from seed because once they are germinated into a little sapling, they will tend to stay like that for the next 7 years or so before they begin to grow. and many of them will not make it through that first 7 years.
its trunkline and movement was wired in the tenth year or so to set the future direction. after taking it to see Hirotoshi Saitoh to decide its styling last week(2/7/2014), it was recommended by him to use this side as the front( there were two other possibilities, sorry no before photos).
there are 3-4 branches that might eventually come off but they are kept for the moment to contribute to the overall growth and health of the tree.