Most people think bonsai are just small trees in pots, but they can be any size. There seems to be so many different names, too which makes it all very confusing.
|Japanese classification||Required hands to move bonsai||Approximate size|
|Imperial||Eight-handed bonsai||60 to 80 inches|
|Hachi-uye||Six-handed bonsai||40 to 60 inches|
|Dai or Omono||Four-handed bonsai||30 to 48 inches|
|Chiu or Chumono||Two-handed bonsai||16 to 36 inches|
|Katade-mochi||One-handed bonsai||10 to 18 inches|
|Komono||One-handed bonsai||6 to 10 inches|
|Mame||One-handed bonsai||5 to 8 inches|
|Shito or Keshitsubo||Fingertip bonsai||Under 2 inches|
Traditionally, the size of bonsai was measured by the number of hands needed to carry the tree.
For some reason, I have never considered having a large bonsai. Probably because they are not too easy to handle or for the amount of space they would…
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