The word ‘Bon-sai’
is Japanese and it means ‘planted in a container’. As a Japanese art form it is deeply rooted in Zen Buddhism and exists for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a bonsai tree
is to create a miniaturized but realistic depiction of nature, using techniques such as pruning and wiring.
Although the word ‘Bon-sai’
is Japanese, the art it describes originated in the Chinese empire. By the year 700 AD the Chinese had started the art of ‘pun-sai’
using special techniques to grow dwarf trees in containers. Originally only the elite of the society practiced pun-tsai with native-collected specimens and the trees where spread throughout China as luxurious gifts. During the Kamakura period, the period in which Japan adopted most of China’s cultural trademarks, the art of growing trees in containers was introduced into Japan.
On this page we will regularly post new galleries, news and more. We also keep a top 10 of the greatest bonsai trees
that we know of; check it out! :)