Bonsai March 30 2017
The Twoodie packaging is a solid shoebox. We have commissioned an artist to custom design a tattoo for the lid. Its a heart that is growing into a bonsai, a symbol of our love for nature and all things Japanese.
We had, for Steven's office, done a bit of research into Bonsai. We have some books and visit our fav gardens in Tokyo, Shanghai and SF whenever we have the opportunity to do so. So thought I would share with you some highlights that I personally find interesting...
The term Bonsai was coined around the time of the Meiji restoration (1868)
It was artists, who depicted them in their own work, that had the greatest understanding of Bonsai.
They were part of Kazan - miniature rock gardens. Bonsai's were part of miniature versions of landscapes.
The idea of a groomed Bonsai formed out of the fact that plants and trees that grew their own way were perceived as having 'no loving care or attention" and therefore were considered inferior. This cultivation and styling technique is called "training'.
The tray is very important. It's not secondary. The focus is on a synthesized beauty between the tree and the pot and the affinity between these things.
The first Bonsai exhibition was in 1892 arranged by amateur societies and magazines.
Only 120 tree species are used in the creation of Bonsai. The small delicate leaves and aging bark are prized. One of the classics we like at Twoodie is the Japanese pine.
The Bonsais are generally trained to that the shape of the tree mimics that of its natural form (but in miniature). Ideally the tree variety can thus be recognised from a distance.
In WWII Fire destroyed many trees in Japan. Thereafter the Nippon Bonsai Association was created.
The Osaka World Exhibition in 1970 was the first time Bonsai was popularised internationally. To this day Japan only exports Bonsai, never receiving plants from other nations.
Bonsai's have come to represent a communion with nature. So you can see why we like them at Twoodie.