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Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes

By Kenji Kobayashi

These miniature gems ... are tiny enough to fit anywhere, yet bold enough to make a dynamic impact.

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Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, expensive, and steeped in history and tradition. But at its simplest, it's really just a planting done in a container.

Keshiki bonsai is a revolutionary approach that involves creating living pieces of art using readily available plants and containers. This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with easy, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. The projects start simple, with five designs that feature moss combined with unique containers. Readers then move on to six designs combining moss, small trees, and containers. The next ten projects add perennials to the mix, and the final projects have it all: moss, trees, perennials, and stones. Each project is made with a wide variety of containers, from the most delicate, artisan clay pot to a repurposed ramekin and a simple box.

Previously, the techniques, tips, and insights of keshiki bonsai were available only to Japanese enthusiasts. Now, for the first time, Western readers can join in creating these miniature masterpieces. Learn how a garden, a forest, or even a stream can come to life within the bounds of a small container.

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"I must admit that after reading [Kobayashi's] book I’m ready to try my hand at one of the garden arts I had considered beyond my ability. ... One gets a nice feel for his enchanting personal landscape, a sort of bonsai gestalt that may inspire many more trees to be grown in Brooklyn."

New York Times Book Review

"These miniature gems ... are tiny enough to fit anywhere yet bold enough to make a dynamic impact."

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"Contains easy-to-follow, step-by-instructions to create counter-intuitive (and simplified) bonsai landscapes."

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About the author

Kenji Kobayashi

Kenji Kobayashi studied engineering and landscape design in his native Japan before the art of miniature landscapes captivated his imagination. After returning to Japan he immersed himself in the study of bonsai and created the style he calls keshiki bonsai, or literally, landscape bonsai. He opened his shop, Sinajina, in Tokyo, where he creates and sells modern bonsai as well as other handcrafted home decor items.

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