For those who love bonsai and Japanese traditional cultures, I found an interesting event to share with you – Japan International BONSAI Symposium 2016. It’s free of charge, and will be held on February 11, 2016. What I found the most intriguing is that there will be a Kyogen act, which is a traditional comic and mime play. Simultaneous interpretation service will be provided. Find more details on their website.
Website: Japan International BONSAI Symposium 2016 (English)
If you want to take a side trip to the suburbs of Tokyo, Bonsai village is definitely one of the most worthy places to visit.
Omiya Bonsai village, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, is located in Saitama Prefecture. It takes less than an hour to get there from the major stations in Tokyo like Shinjuku and Ueno.
This town was created by a group of professional bonsai gardeners immigrated from Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Now with 6 bonsai gardens and 1 bonsai museum, it attracts bonsai fans from all over the world. The 8th World Bonsai Convention will be held here in 2017.
You can find the most authentic and historical bonsai trees in this area.
For the first-time visitors, it is easy to start from Bonsai Art Museum. This museum explains the basics of bonsai and exhibits the trees more than 100 years old. It’s very unique in dealing with the living creatures as art. You can find something new and different every time.
Enjoying bonsai art is playing with imagination. Stand in front of the trees, imagine you are a small creature, and look up the trees… what can you see?
Around the art museum, there scattered historical bonsai-en (bonsai garden). Bonsai-en is privately owned by a professional bonsai gardener growing and maintaining bonsai trees. The gardens are open to the public and you can buy bonsai trees if you like.
Here are some etiquette tips in the gardens:
- Enjoy them in a quiet manner, not making a big noise.
- Don’t take pictures. (Photos are permitted only in a particular area of Bonsai Art Museum.)
- Don’t touch bonsai trees.
You can find more details from the below link.