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Learn how to create a modern imaginary world in plants with Keshiki Bonsai

by Timber Press on October 10, 2012

in Craft, Gardening

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

Keshiki bonsai capture a tiny glimpse of nature using young seedlings, grasses, and moss. Sometimes the featured greenery is the lush moss itself surrounded only by a curving “stream” of sand to suggest the flow of water around a mossy riverbank. 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.

The pleasure of composing a form that conjures nature in all its grandeur and yet is contained in just a small vessel rests in recreating and building a remembered landscape—say, a mountain seen in one’s youth or a scene glimpsed on a trip—with plants and stones. As the plants develop, the four seasons reveal themselves through changes in foliage, and you find yourself immersed in the unfolding of nature. —Kenji Kobayashi

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robert Bornstein October 23, 2012 at 6:52 am

You make bonsai look so easy, great job. Nice way to share the the book as well. Here in South Florida we have a wonderful Japanese Garden, Museum and bonsai exhibit.

2 Lauren Hall-Behrens October 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

I love Keshiki!!

3 Brian Ridder October 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for the comment, Robert. We have a great Japanese Garden here in Portland. It’s a good place to relax and a favorite spot for local photographers.

4 Brian Ridder October 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Hi Lauren! We love Keshiki, too. So much easier than traditional bonsai!

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