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  • Bonsai is an art form

  • that requires years of training and centuries of dedication.

  • At the 2012 international bonsai convention,

  • a tree was on sale for 100 million yen,

  • just under a million dollars.

  • And many more of these trees

  • are considered completely priceless.

  • So what is it that makes bonsai so expensive?

  • Bonsai is the art of dwarfing a regular tree

  • to create a perfect miniature representation of nature

  • in a small pot.

  • It has a long history.

  • Originating in China,

  • the practice of creating tiny trees

  • and landscapes appeared as far back as the sixth century.

  • The tree's growth is restricted

  • by years of pruning, wiring, repotting, and grafting,

  • and the plants need to be checked on

  • and often watered every day.

  • The skills required to grow these trees

  • plays a huge part in their value.

  • They're often bent and twisted into shape,

  • positioned around rocks,

  • or even placed with other trees to simulate a tiny forest.

  • Many of these techniques require years to master,

  • and any errors made

  • can result in permanently ruining the shape

  • or even killing a plant that has been growing for centuries.

  • Chiako Yamamoto is a fourth-generation bonsai master

  • based in central Japan.

  • She's been creating and selling bonsai

  • for the last 51 years,

  • and one of the hardest skills to master

  • when growing these plants is patience.

  • The time and devotion this process requires

  • is unlike almost any other form of artwork.

  • While the work is almost a form of sculpture,

  • the plants are living things

  • and will always react in their own way.

  • The extraordinary time this process takes means

  • that just aren't that many trees around.

  • Some of the most valuable bonsai are over 800 years old,

  • and so the supply isn't going to increase anytime soon.

  • Other factors can contribute to the cost.

  • The bonsai pots and the tools used are often handmade

  • and can cost thousands of dollars themselves.

  • Certain types of tree are also harder to grow

  • or require certain techniques and may fetch a higher price.

  • But, more than anything, these trees are works of art

  • valued for their beauty and the vision of the artist.

Bonsai is an art form


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盆栽はなぜ高価なのか|盆栽はなぜ高価なのか (Why Bonsai Are So Expensive | So Expensive)

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