Love Bonsai? Visit a Bonsai Village Built for Tree Lovers
My father has been doing Bonsai for over 30 years. He started pottery just after taking up Bonsai to make pots for his plants. Since retirement, he spends time in his garden almost all day long to look after his plants.
About 20 years ago I was with my family in a souvenir shop in Venice, Italy. A shop owner came to me and asked about “Akadama.” I had no idea about Akadama. I asked my father if he knew about and he said “Oh, wow!” as he was amazed to hear this word in Venice. He then explained to me Akadama is the soil for Bonsai and other potted plants.
The shop owner enthusiastically asked my father questions about Bonsai. I realized how international Bonsai had become looking at my father and the Italian man speaking about it.
OMIYA BONSAI VILLAGE TOUR
Are you interested in Bonsai? If so, you must visit the famous Bonsai Village in Omiya, a city in Saitama Prefecture. (Travel time: 30 min from Tokyo by bullet train.)
Omiya Bonsai Village was established in 1925.
A group of professional Bonsai gardeners from Tokyo immigrated to this land after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, in search of spacious land, fresh air, and suitable conditions for growing Bonsai.
Upon its founding, the village had four residence requirements:
- Residents must possess 10 or more Bonsai
- Gardens must be open to the public
- No two-story houses
- Exclusive use of hedges as live fencing
The calm scenery of Omiya Bonsai Village has been preserved since the time it was established.
Visit the Bonsai Gardens in the Village
There are various kinds of plants in the gardens, such as coniferous trees, deciduous trees and accessory plants, which are used for Bonsai. Different Bonsai are created through the skillful work and the aesthetic sense of the Bonsai master engaged in the creation of those Bonsai.
There are five Bonsai gardens in Omiya Bonsai Village, and you can enjoy various Bonsai created based on each owner’s feelings.
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum
An excellent addition to the village in 2010 was the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, which educates visitors about the various aspects of Bonsai. English audio guides and well written English descriptions explain clearly how to appreciate the art form and highlight key points to take note of.
The museum also exhibits the various styles of Bonsai and accompanying elements such as pots and stones. It will also entail the systematic collection and publishing of documents related to the history and folklore of Bonsai.
Omiya Bonsai Festival
The Omiya Bonsai Festival is held on May 3-5 every year, when it bustles with the many Bonsai lovers who gather there from throughout the country. It is also visited by many Bonsai lovers from overseas as the worldwide mecca of Bonsai.
The Bonsai Convention
The 1st World Bonsai Convention was held in Saitama City, Omiya in April 1989. At that time, international Bonsai conventions had been held enthusiastically, but it was first opened in the Far East inviting the world to participate. The 1200 people (700 from overseas) who participated in the convention was the largest ever. The convention is held once every four years (most recently in 2017), and it has taken on a role spread of Bonsai culture and international exchange.
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