Omiya Bonsai Art Museum
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Leafy treasures crafted by artisans
The Omiya Bonsai Museum and surrounding bonsai village, a collection of bonsai tree gardens, is a must see if you’re in Saitama City. Visitors meet trees carefully tended for hundreds of years. These are living artworks that attest to the patience and sense of many hands that have crafted them. On “Welcome Mondays”, English speaking guides explain the history of this horticulture. Throughout the year, there are workshops and lectures to inform enthusiasts about the care of the trees.
Ripe in distinctness, history and spectacular beauty
The Omiya Bonsai Art museum is as unique as it is beautiful, and is ripe in history too. The museum is quite small but it houses some stunning bonsai displays. And all of them have a fascinating story and / or rich history. The works are described as living art and after seeing the displays you can really understand this concept. But what is even more fascinating is that a lot of the older bonsai have dead wood too. Their oldest bonsai is 1000 years old. Quite a large part of it is dead, but it can live with the dead parts intact. The mind boggles at this anomaly. Currently (Dec 2018) the famed and popular blue dragon tree, named for its resemblance to a dragon, is in the small area where you can take photos. Most of the museum does not allow photography. The museum has volunteer English guides who will passionately and thoroughly explain many aspects of bonsai.