We visited the Shunka-en Bonsai Museum to learn the basics of growing Bonsai trees. Shunka-en Bonsai Museum has a multi-million dollar worth bonsai trees. The staff provides training to those interested in planting and beautifying bonsai trees.
Bonsai means tray planting in the Japanese language and is written as 盆栽 in Kanji.
Bonsai is a Japanese art form that utilizes cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers. These small trees mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees. The Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese Hòn Non Bộ are similar to the Bonsai cultivation in Japan. The Japanese tradition of growing Bonsai dates back over a thousand years.
Shunka-en bonsai garden, which has a museum, and a training center, is set up by a veteran master Kunio Kobayashi He had won Prime Minister’s award three times for his contributions. He gave us a book that has a great collection of photos of bonsai trees.
When we entered the garden we saw a 1000-year-old pine tree, which was one of the best collections of the master. Several tokonomas were also set up here and there in the garden. A large collection of books, antique Chinese pots and tables were displayed inside the Japanese style building.
The entrance fee is 800JPY and the garden is open on all days except Mondays (Open if Monday is a public holiday).
This video, which was taken at the Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Edogawa-Ku shows how to arrange and beautify bonsai trees.
Many of the Bonsai trees in the museum are worth millions of Japanese Yen! Some of the trees have been handed over through generations. The cost of a bonsai tree is decided by its beauty, the artworks that are done to the tree, and its age.
SHUNKAEN BONSAI MUSEUM
Address in Japanese