A Meticulous Craft: Bonsai


Bonsai is the Japanese art that uses specific techniques to produce small trees that mimic full sized ones. These aren’t a dwarf species, but simply regular trees crafted by root pruning, pot confinement, and trimming. They must have this special care everyday so they don’t stray from being miniature. The significance of the word “bonsai” means harmony in Japanese. There’s a lot of respect that goes into caring for bonsai, especially in the traditional Japanese form. When handling the bonsai, many are gentle, with some even praying over it. This craft is well known and respected for the painstaking hours it takes to care for and heal the trees.