Asian Wonders # 14: The Art of Bonsai, Penjing or Hon Non Bo

The art of Bonsai is planting in a tray (bon) low-sided pot and sai, is the planting. This is traditionally a Japanese art form.  But similar plantings exist as I have seen in China called Penjing, from which they say the art form originated.  There are also miniature living landscapes of the Vietnamese call Hon Non Bo, with accents appropriated designated for certain letters, but not available on this computer. So, since this is a collection from Thailand, Vietnam and China, can you tell which is which?  I have no idea, but I am pleased with the collection. The purpose of these beautiful plantings is contemplation for the viewer and certainly creativity and a great deal of continued effort for the grower.






3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Reene
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 20:45:35

    Sooo beautiful!!! We need to learn how to dothis. It is an art—R


  2. Mel
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 05:54:20

    True, Bonsai is a traditional art of Japan but don’t forget it went from China via buddhist monks and scholars from Japan in approx the 6th century..The japanese are the ones that have made it popular worldwide..


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jun 12, 2012 @ 07:49:04

      Dear Skunkbum,
      Thank you for the lesson and thank you for taking the time to deliver it.
      When you travel you really do just get bits and pieces of the message. Love being able to scratch
      deeper. Be well. Tell me more if you wish. I planted several tree seeds that are well and growing. I have attempted
      with very little knowledge to Bonsai them. I’m continually working on them. It will be strange to have a huge avocado tree in the front yard or will it??? Then, there is the persimmon tree and the apricot. They are doing well for now.
      Thanks again.
      Sincerely and with respect,


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