Ancient Living Art from Asia
With origins in Chinese legends dating as far back as 206 B.C. (Han Dynasty), bonsai (bone-sigh) was first introduced to Japan and noted in scrolls in 1180 during the Kamakura period. However, the Japanese are credited for developing a more refined approach to this art form, which is the basis of today’s western interpretation.
Simply defining bonsai as miniature trees is to overlook what it really is – living art. Bonsai artists seek to recreate a reflection of nature’s design in miniature whether a single specimen, a grove, or a tree aged by the elements of weather.
Unlike a painting or sculpture, this art is never complete and is ever-changing. the result is producing a one-of-a-kind speci-men and of course, and enduring bond between the artist and nature.