Art of Japanese Bonsai
by Francesca Black
The Japanese refined and developed Bonsai techniques and evolved
the art form it is today. For the Japanese, bonsai represents a
fusion of strong ancient beliefs with the Eastern philosophies of
the harmony between man, the soul and nature.
The major aspects of Japanese bonsai, has not changed significantly
Bonsai initially originated in Egypt thousands of years ago and
moved to China. From China bonsai moved to Japan. Where the Japanese
perfected the art of bonsai.
Japanese use azaleas to create magnificent bonsai following years
of pruning, wiring and careful attention. The Japanese art of bonsai,
and its precursor, the Chinese art of penjing, are rooted in the
traditions of Asian culture.
The art of raising bonsai dwarfed potted trees has enabled the
Japanese to admire nature in an indoor setting. The art of bonsai,
as developed in America, is much freer in concept and style than
The quality of a bonsai tree is measured on how well it portrays
nature in miniature form. A bonsai should have a well tapered trunk
and have branches all around the tree to give the bonsai visual
depth. The art of bonsai involves the bringing together of tree
and pot in visual harmony. "Bonsai" simply means "potted tree."
But many of the really fine specimens have been pruned for more
than 100 years.
Requiring many years of devoted attention and care to produce,
the bonsai extends beauty and expresses the significance of life.
The care involved in creating and shaping a bonsai is considered
a form of meditation in and of itself.
Over time, bonsai began to take on different styles, each which
varied immensely from one another. Today, hardy as well as tropical
indoor bonsai are trained in classic styles, including windswept,
slanted trunk, rock clinging, and forest.
Bonsai are highly regarded as a symbol of Japanese culture and
ideals. Contrary to popular belief, bonsai are not tortured trees.
A bonsai may have areas of dead wood to give an impression of age.
There are several techniques available to the bonsai grower to increase
the apparent age.
No longer exclusively an oriental art form, today bonsai is practiced
by thousands of people around the world, on every continent. The
art of bonsai is the art of imitating the spirit of nature. A bonsai
industry of considerable size exists in certain sections of Japan.
About the Author
Francesca Black works in marketing at Bonsai Garden http://www.bonsai-garden.com
and Pilates Shop http://www.pilates-shop.net
leading portals for bonsai gardening and natural exercise.