I played the Beatrix Kiddo character, codename “Black Mamba” aka The Orchardist recently. I strategically swept through my cigarden, and with the swift and mighty fury of my decisive mind, slashed cigars from their repose leaving an edgy mess that no doubt would be a disturbing sight to any manufacturer or brand owner.
Why? Why do I obtain a brand and then shear it from its “perch?” Let me try to explain.
Harken back to the China of 700 AD. It was during this epoch that the pun-tsai (or tray planting) form of plant cultivation began to, excuse the pun, take root. “Originally only the elite of the society practiced pun-tsai with native-collected specimens and the trees were spread throughout China as luxurious gifts. During the Kamakura period (1185-1392), the time in which Japan adopted most of China’s cultural trademarks, the art of growing trees in containers was introduced into…
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