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Omiya Bonsai Village

By June 21, 2017 One Comment

Omiya Bonsai Village

I would like to dedicate today’s blog talking about bonsai in a different way. Actually I will be sharing some information about the Omiya Bonsai Village. This village is famous around the world of bonsai as the only city dedicated solely to bonsai. In fact, today Omiya is frequently visited with people from all over the world to visit famous bonsai nurseries, and the bonsai museum. Organized guided tours are promoted all over the work, to attract visitors to enjoy themselves in these nurseries, each with its own tradition and specialization.

After the greta Tokyo earthquake in 1923, that devastated most of Tokyo, professional bonsai growers decided to move to a safer place, to Omiya, situated some 20 miles away from Tokyo.

Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

The Omiya bonsai art museum was opened in 2010, This bonsai museum offer an elite collection of 120 bonsai masterpieces and other related artifacts such as bonsai pots. Depending upon the season, some 60 bonsai trees will be exhibited in the museum garden or in the gallery. One can also see a exhibited collection of Suiseki: miniature landscape stones. The museum also offers the visitors an insight of the history of bonsai. From time to time, the museum might hold special exhibitions.

Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

Omiya bonsai nurseries

We already mentioned that Omiya village is highly related to bonsai, in fact there are a good number of bonsai nurseries that has been established themselves for generations.  Among them are:

  1. Mansei-en
  2. Seiko-en
  3. Fuyo-en
  4. Toju-en
  5. Kyuka-en
  6. Shoutouen
  7. Shunka-en

These nurseries are situated close to each other and thus organized tours are being organized throughout the year.  Bonsai enthusiasts from over the world, and a good number of Japanese people from all over Japan visit this town to see these exhibited masterpieces.   Close to the museum is the Mansei-en nursery, a stunning garden displaying outstanding masterpieces. The Kato family owned this garden since the 19th century. The garden has in its own collection, one of the oldest bonsai trees, a Juniper that is around 1000 years old.

A 1000 year Juniper bonsai, the second oldest bonsai in the world.

In another nursery, the Shunka-en nursery, owned by Kunio Kobayashi, one can have a good look at two other old bonsai trees, both around 800 years old bonsai.

An 800 year old bonsai at the Shunka-en nursery.

An 800 year old bonsai at the Shunka-en nursery.

This is just a teaser to encourage you to surf the internet to learn more about these great nurseries and their bonsai masterpieces.  In the future we will also discuss great bonsai masters.

 


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