From Omiya to the World:
Transmitting the Attractions of Bonsai
—The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama—
(This article was written by Ms. Rumiko Ishida, a curator at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama, in commemoration of the holding of the World Bonsai Convention in Saitama City in April 2017.)
Although readers may have heard the term “bonsai” at least once, probably there are not so many of you who are actually engaged in growing bonsai. In Saitama City, however, bonsai (dwarfed potted plants) are familiar to many people, young and old alike. Local elementary school children grow bonsai at school, and bonsai classes are held in district community centers. One of the reasons is the existence in the city of the Omiya Bonsai Village, which has nurtured the development of a unique bonsai culture in the district. (After the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, some bonsai gardeners in Tokyo moved out to Omiya and built the Omiya Bonsai Village.) Here I would like to introduce the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, which is located in the Omiya Bonsai Village.