You can keep large garden trees like pine, cedar, angsana, maple, and elm to a minimum size. In order to make their beauty shine, you can plant them in a flowerpot, and prune the branches as it grows. This is a bonsai, and it’s a Japanese craft.
”Bonsai is when you grow a plant in a flowerpot and you appreciate the aesthetics of the branches, the leaves, the bark, and the whole tree as your hobby. Its characteristic is molding it to imitate scenery.”
“It takes time and labor to create one. Since it’s a living creature, it’s never ‘complete,’ and its changes are one of its charms.
Bonsai’s popularity is rooted in the 1970s, when bonsai became popular in Europe. They were exported from Japan, and were popularized using European trees.
If you mention “bonsai” in Japan, the type that is immediately pictured is a pine tree. It naturally has a solemn appearance, and you can shape it as it grows. This is black pine.
Japanese White Pine
When Japanese white pine and moss are integrated, it gives off the appearance of being a windbreak protector of a house on the coast.
A Tree with Deadwood
This is probably another kind of pine.
In order to imitate a natural pine tree, the trunk was injured using a chisel or other tool, and the deadwood (“shari”) becomes part of the presentation.
Bonsai too can have autumn foliage.
This is a maple.
This looks like shoots that were cut from trees and planted as-is. Even though it’s inside your house, thanks to the bonsai, you can perfectly feel the seasons.
If you’re talking about the representative flower of Japan, it’s the cherry blossom. This tree is a bonsai, but it has flowers.
Even though the cherry blossom flowers are loved, there are a lot of people that can’t have them planted at their homes. With a bonsai, this wish can be granted.
This is a piece by the the designer Aiba Takanori.
Using bonsai as the base, he created a miniature treehouse.
It’s a breath of fresh air within the bonsai world.
There are also bonsai like this cute, miniature one.
This is a fun piece that you can place it on a table or by a window and wait for the leaves of the seasons.
Derivations from Traditional Shapes
If you group plant in a glass container, you can raise plants in a relatively warm area. Because of the plant combination, you can create different images and it’s not necessary to study difficult information.
Recently, in Japan, “kokedama,” which are simple plants that are easy to raise, have become popular.
Because of the nature of the kokedama and the dirt it’s rooted in (both have high water content), you don’t have to water it too often, so it can be raised by people who travel frequently. This is one of the reasons they have become so popular.
The “koke” (moss) that covers the roots of the bonsai is another derivation from traditional bonsai.
There are also people that raise only the koke.