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Shitakusa, Kusamono, Kokedama, Nearai and Wabikusa

When we display bonsai, we usually include an accent plant, as it has become known over the years. This accent plant is called shitakusa, which is translated from the Japanese shita, below or under...
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    Neari method of planting: "Nearai is one of the methods to appreciate Bonsai. Remove plants with an earth ball from a container and place on a flat dish or a shallow tray leaving the roots visible. That is Nearai display. The soil will not fall away because the well-grown roots hold the soil firmly. Gradually old roots will go rotten and be mixed with the soil, then moss will grow to cover the roots and soil." | sala-sala: What is Nearai?

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    Nearai bonsai, they've got no pot-- the inspiration for Kokedama!

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Kokedama style of Wabikusa. Wabi denotes something aesthetic, imperfectly beautiful and natural. Kusa means grass, or sometimes, plant. It denotes something natural, Kokedama is a ball of moss covered soil with arranged plants. Unlike other bonsai styles, its history is not so old and it’s said the idea originated from Nearai, which was a popular bonsai style during the Edo era in Japan, and is a bonsai grown first in a pot and taken out of the pot and set on a stand to enjoy without a pot.

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Tiny pot by ariari, via Flickr ::: I like the idea of making ceramics that conform to the needs of the plant. It doesn't have to just be a cylinder.

rosemary bonsai | Potted in Cat litter, fed on Tomato fert several times a year.

Japanese Maple. We have a couple of full sized Japanese Red Maples at our house that I will miss when we sell the house. A bonsai would be great at our condo.

This tree now needs branch development & refining but, clearly has a great future with extreme trunk taper and nice nebari spread. The twisting Trunk gives the viewer a sense that the tree has struggled to survive

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A display of mini or mame bonsai; a jade plant grown in a cascade style.

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Bonsai ~ Amazing!!! Takes so much time & patience to get it to this point. Much respect for the person who made this. We took a class years ago & had six bonsai trees in our house. ❤ Bonsai

I've been loving these tree-lings since I was a kid.. love bonsai!