A bonsai in Tokyo 盆栽
In Tokyo and surrounding area, there are very few bonsai nurseries.
Credit: Guilhem Vellut
There are many tools to take care of a bonsai. They are found in the Ginza and Ueno.
Credit: Benjamin Hill
The village of bonsai Omiya in Saitama City, houses a museum and many private gardens.
Credit: 7-9-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
The import of bonsai procedures between France and Japan are extremely complex and can lead to the destruction of the tree.
Credit: Norio Nakayama
Even in the huge Tokyo, it is not easy to satisfy one's passion for bonsai ... In a shop or at the museum, the advice of Japan Guide.
Nicknamed "bonsai nursery," the village of Omiya is a must for lovers of these small trees. It is full of private gardens with many of these potted trees. The great masters sell, expose, share and teach courses (often in English).
- Omiya Village in Saitama
Open every day except Tuesday; from Ueno Station, take the Keihin-Tohoku line and get off at Omiya Koen.
- Morimae Ginza Bonsai Shop
In the heart of the Ginza district, the Morimae shop caters to the curious more than actual fans. It offers a wide range of trees, pots and miniatures tokonoma, small spaces for artwork in many Japanese houses. The products are relatively expensive, so the store is a place more to visit than a place to spend ...
Open every day. From Shibuya, Ueno or Asakusa stations, take the Ginza Chikatetsu line and get off at Ginza.
- Shunkaen Bonsai Museum
This is the private museum of Kunio Kobayashi, grand master and award-winning bonsai professional. A little outside of Tokyo, the museum also houses a school of apprentices from around the world. Sunday, courses are offered in English. To participate, simply purchase a shrub, sold on site.
Open every day except Monday; from Akihabara, take the Sobu Line, get off at Koiwa, take the south exit, get on bus 76 and get off at the stop Keiyouguchi.
- Ueno Green Club
Located in Ueno Park, Ueno Green Club offers everything needed for lovers of bonsai. Trees, tools, pots, and also an exhibition. For the most enthusiastic, the headquarters of the Nippon Bonsai Association, responsible for promoting this art, is right next door.
Open every day except Wednesday; on the Yamanote line, get off at Ueno.
Bonsai at home?
Once you learn the art of cutting, it is normal to want to bring a bonsai home. Be careful, the shipping procedure is extremely complex and can lead to the destruction of the plant. Getting a bonsai out of Japan is rather simple (you just to have all the papers in order), the arrival in other countries is more delicate.
Between plant disease controls, quarantine at your expense and drastic conditions, the price can rise very quickly ... and the general opinion of all specialists is that it is not the best idea to bring back a Japanese bonsai to your home country.