Learn the Art of Bonsai-Making at the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum in Tokyo

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  • Want to make a memorable experience on your visit to Japan? Immersing yourself in another culture is a wonderful step to gain an arsenal of new skills and knowledge that you can bring home. In the process, you’ll learn to respect and value foreign culture and tradition. Most importantly, you’ll be able to expand your worldview and see your own culture with a fresh perspective. Since 2002, a small museum in Edogawa, Tokyo lets you discover the art of bonsai in respect of tradition and harmony.

    What is Bonsai?

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    This is an art form using trees grown in containers. Bonsais are miniature potted plants and a popular Japanese traditional art. It expresses the beauty of nature as it provides a form of contemplation for the viewer and is considered as a pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower. To make beautiful bonsai, it takes a lot of skill. Throughout the years, bonsai-making has garnered a lot of attention in other countries.

    Shunkaen Bonsai Museum (春花園BONSAI美術館)

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    The museum is a strikingly beautiful Japanese building located in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward. Kunio Kobayashi (小林國雄) manages the museum and is quite well known in the world of bonsai artisans. He has also received numerous notable awards for his works and is proactive in the preservation and cultivation of Japanese culture.

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    In the museum, you are free to enjoy the captivating displays to your heart’s content. One of the highlights of this majestic museum is the mesmerizing Japanese-style garden that will surely catch your attention upon entering.

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    Here you can appreciate the breathtaking bonsai display and also enjoy a calming view of the decorative carp swimming in the garden waters. It is the perfect attraction that will make your visit relaxing and worthwhile.

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    If you want more sightseeing destinations, you can opt to visit the attractive traditional home that has been opened as part of the museum. There, you can experience Japanese style interior representing the serene and heartwarming beauty of the nation.

    Appreciate the Japanese Art of Bonsai

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    Upon entering, a gorgeous Japanese style garden decorated with a splendid bonsai display will welcome you. Bonsai-making is an art from involving live trees. No two pieces are alike, so it is essential that you utilize the shapes and characteristics of the branches to create a harmonious piece of art.

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    This is definitely an exhibition that you shouldn’t miss! It is interesting to know that some of the bonsais are more than 100 years old. Knowing how old and well kept they are truly proves that this is an impressive form of art. There are about 400 to 500 bonsais in the yard museum. If you come across one that you like, you can simply ask about its purchasing details. You may be surprised that some of the bonsais are valued at shocking amounts. There is also a bonsai that costs around 100 million yen!

    The Bonsai Experience

    The hands-on bonsai-making activity gives you the opportunity to make beautiful miniaturized potted plants! Visiting Shunkaen Bonsai Museum has a lot of perks. You are not just limited to the appreciation of this wonderful art form, but you can also experience how to make your own bonsai for an additional cost. The miniature bonsai that you will work on during the hands-on activity may be brought to your home as a souvenir.

    Information

    If you are interested in taking a lesson in the art of bonsai-making, you can make your reservation by contacting them through 03-3670-8622. Note that the museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 and is closed on Mondays except on national holidays. The beautiful museum exhibit will cost you around 800 yen for adults and 600 yen for students. At the end of the visit, the museum offers a relaxing cup of green tea.

    Experiencing another culture with both your body and soul enhances the memories of your visit. So why don’t you experience the wonderful Japanese tradition by viewing the bonsai display at the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum? Hands-on classes are recommended for travelers who want to learn Japanese culture and art.

    Shunkaen Bonsai Museum’s Website

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