02 Japanese Culture

Bonsai 盆栽

Bonsai refers to a hobby of planting tree and moss in pots in addition to grass and observing the branches, leaves, the bark, roots and pots, or the whole figure. It is characterized by resembling a natural landscape. In Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, there is a bonsai town that developed as a result of the group migration of bonsai companies affected by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. As many as 30,000 bonsai fans from home and abroad gather in this town every year.


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