From the Cliff Face to the Living Room: Discovering the Hidden Depths of Bonsai

Odigo Travel Blog

By ODIGO Contributor Emma Parker

My latest voyage of discovery with Odigo led me into the fascinating and complex Japanese art of creating ancient forests less than a metre high, known to the world as “bonsai.” Before setting out on this journey, all I knew about bonsai was that they were trees grown in pots, beautiful but slightly surreal. After visiting several bonsai nurseries, an exhibition, and a couple of museums, it was clear that bonsai have about as much in common with everyday potted plants as an antique kimono does with the polyester items on sale in souvenir emporia. Even so, I have only just begun to scratch the surface of bonsai culture…

Garden of Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

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