Bonsai is the art of growing and training miniature trees in containers, originating from the traditional Chinese art form of penjing. It is often seen as a Japanese art form, with the term “bonsai” meaning “tray planting” in Japanese. Bonsai focuses on a single tree or a group of trees of the same species, while penjing aims to display wilder and more naturalistic scenes, often including elements such as water, rocks, or figurines. Bonsai is an important part of East Asian culture, considered an art form in Japan and displayed in homes, gardens, and museums. Similar versions of bonsai exist in other cultures, such as the Vietnamese “Hòn non bộ”. Bonsai has a long history dating back to ancient times and is associated with patience, discipline, and harmony with nature. It continues to be a popular and respected art form worldwide.


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