Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bonsai & Shitakusa

Here are a few pictures of a small handful of famous Bonsai from Japan, as well as Shitakusa (Literally means "Undergrass"), the Japanese art of displaying very small plantings (Grasses, moss, bulbs, dwarf perennials, etc) to contrast with a Bonsai tree or a display of Bonsai trees. Shitakusa are often planted in unusual or special pots, on driftwood, shells, and even on rocks. Sometimes they are used to reflect or contrast with a particular season, and sometimes they are meant to reflect the dynamism of a mountain cliff, or the serenity of a coastal meadow.

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