Sunday, April 8, 2007

Early Beginnings in Japan

Bonsai Trees Care

It appears that China wasn’t the only Asian country with historical roots to the Bonsai. Japan also played a role in their history. According to Japanese history, the Bonsai was first introduced by Buddhist Monks back during the Heian period which ran from 794 to 1191. It is said that the Japanese were quick to adopt some of the Chinese culture, which influences Japan’s fine art for which they are known.

It wasn’t long before growing Bonsai spread from the monks to those of royalty where they became a symbol of honor and prestige. Once the Bonsai found its place with aristocrats, the philosophy of Bonsai dramatically changed from that of its Eastern sister, China. For example, the Chinese see Bonsai as a symbol of harmony between man, his soul and nature, while the Japanese see Bonsai as a representation of strong, ancient beliefs in their culture.

It wasn’t until China invaded Japan during the 14th century that Bonsai became known as a sophisticated form of art. The elite of Japan would actually pot these small plants and display them indoors, sometimes on shelves that were specially made for them. To make their appearance look more polished, the trees were cut down in size leaving just the bare essentials. This practice was based on the Japanese philosophy of giving the trees “simple beauty.”

Bonsai Trees Care

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