How can one become a bonsai master?

“Respect is probably at the most fundamental level of being able to do bonsai well,” explains Ryan Neil to National Geographic Travel.

Neil has spent over a decade trying to master this delicate art.

Bonsai is the Japanese art form of using cultivation techniques to nurture plants in containers making them look like full size trees.

“Doing bonsai well doesn’t mean being able to make a beautiful tree,” Neil says. “It means being able to cultivate a healthy tree through all of the different processes that bonsai involves.”

In shaping and forming miniature trees, he describes how loosely intertwined humans are with them. He emphasizes the responsibility involved in practicing this craft.

“If you don’t respect that life and death is a very real part of the creative process of bonsai,” Neil stresses. “You don’t have anything in the end except for a big dead tree.”

The Art of Bonsai

This man has spent over a decade working to master the Japanese art of bonsai—explore how intertwined the human experience is with this unique form of expression in this beautiful short film https://on.natgeo.com/2xxj1Se

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Sunday, 23 September 2018

 

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