Japanese bonsai is said to have its roots in Chinese bonsai(Bonkei), which originated more than 2,000 years ago. Today, Japanese bonsai is based on bonsai introduced from China during the Heian period (794-1185), and has evolved uniquely in Japan.
Bonkei is a culture that developed during the Tang Dynasty, using plants, stones, sand, and other materials to represent nature. Bonkei also evolved in China and continues to this day.
Bonsai is a living art form that expresses and feels the great outdoors through bonsai. Japanese bonsai has a long history and has developed its own "kata" (patterns). Bonsai has evolved uniquely in Japan up to the present day, but a turning point came in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. In conjunction with the Tokyo Olympics, the "Bonsai Suiseki Exhibition" was held for people from all over the world who visited Japan. The "Bonsai Suiseki Exhibition" was the catalyst for the birth of Japanese bonsai as the world's BONSAI. Japanese bonsai has now become popular as BONSAI all over the world. Japanese Bonsai is respected by BONSAI fans around the world for its depiction of nature in small pots and plants.
On the other hand, A-BONSAI, an artificial bonsai, has its roots in modern Chinese artificial bonsai(Bonkei). Based on the Chinese artificial bonsai, A-BONSAI was created in the year of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics by applying Japanese bonsai molds and manners. This A-BONSAI is a left-flowing patterned tree type, sloping to the left from the front of the bonsai. It has a tasteful shape with some essence of Bonkei. The type of tree is an imitation of the Goyomatsu pine tree. It is 50cm tall, 50cm wide, and 40cm deep, creating a sense of presence. (The "A-BONSAI" trademark is pending.)
Some Japanese bonsai live for more than 500 years. However, it goes without saying that keeping a bonsai alive for several hundred years is a difficult and extremely demanding task. At first glance, it may look like a bonsai that is left inside the house, but it requires daily watering, sun exposure, timely fertilization, pruning, replanting every few years, and other measures depending on the bonsai's health. Without a highly skilled team of bonsai artisans, it would not be possible to grow a bonsai for more than a few hundred years. It is also very difficult to get Japanese bonsai to bonsai fans around the world who are looking for theme. Because bonsai are plants, they must be subject to strict quarantine in the trade. Even if the bonsai is traded through quarantine, it may take several years for the bonsai to reach overseas bonsai fans.
A-BONSAI, on the other hand, is an artificial bonsai and is therefore maintenance free. It does not require the bonsai skills possessed by bonsai artisans. A-BONSAI can live together with dogs, cats, and even families with small children. It is not difficult to live with A-BONSAI for 100 years or even several generations.
We would like to bring A-BONSAI to people around the world who are interested in the traditional bonsai culture formed through Japanese history, tradition, and culture. We will provide a higher quality of life with A-BONSAI to all people, even those who do not have bonsai skills, do not have time to take care of bonsai, or who could not get bonsai due to quarantine barriers.