This Shohin Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica) is in need of a little attention. It has a lot of little dead branches on it that only serve to detract from its beauty as well as reduce air flow and prohibit the full reaches of the sun. On such a small scale, these differences will be slight, but a step forward is always a good one in my opinion.
This tree also has fabulous textured, flaky bark that greatly adds to the appearance of age. Based on all of the die back that I removed, it seemed to have had a rough winter. So while it may not be ideal how hidden the trunk and bark are, it is fabulous to see all the bushy, new, strong growth.