Bonsai: Early Beginnings
Written by – Mark Bell
Following a war, the victorious forces move to occupy the conquered land, and for a brief time the best and worst parts of their conquered enemy are on display. This was definitely the case after the allied victory over Japan after the Second World War. For the first time in history ordinary soldiers from middle or low class society were witnesses to parts of Japanese culture that would normally be reserved for diplomats or political elite. One part that revealed was the art of bonsai. As Japan opened up to regular Westerners through the occupying forces there began to be a blending of culture, the art of bonsai moved into the west and has only since then grown in popularity.
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