The Art of Japanese Bonsai

The Art of Japanese Bonsai is well known, they are very popular all over the world these days, but I feel like there history and symbolism is kind of left behind. Many people have in their home a bonsai tree as a decorative plant, but very few of them know exactly what is the meaning of it and what spiritual benefits brings to their home. The bonsai is one of the most authentic connection between the nature, art and spirituality in Japanese culture. bonsai-3125722_640Bonsai utilizes horticultural techniques along with artistic applications to cultivate miniature replicas of trees as they’re found in nature. The tradition has been refined over the last millennium to reflect the aesthetic qualities found in nature through balance, simplicity and harmony. The bonsai tree is not just a decorative plant, is a true form of art with deep and powerful meaning. In Japanese culture, people use the bonsai tree to worship the connection between the man and nature. bonsai-62862_640The Bonsai tree symbolize patience, balance, and harmony. Also, age plays a significant role in the aesthetics of a bonsai tree. The characteristics of the tree’s roots, trunk and branches symbolize different stages of life. The balance is very important in a bonsai aesthetics. The shape of a triangle is used in overall design because this shape symbolizes strength and stability. There are a variety of styles and types of bonsai and each one has a distinct meaning and symbol, each small detail sends a message that contributes to the larger story found in the ongoing creation. Even the container and the accessories are carefully chosen to represent the hues found in nature. In conclusion, a bonsai is more than a tree, is a form of fine art that can express the story of a lifetime.

Source:,, would like to end this article by introduce you to my new oil painting, called Japanese Bonsai. I feel like this painting combines very well two beautiful forms of art with the love for nature. 20191019_160151[945].jpg

Watermark in Full Color


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