Mirai Garden

Mirai–a distant dream, forever out of reach. 

Mirai is a bonsai studio, garden and creative ecosystem based outside of Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2010 by artist and bonsai professional, Ryan Neil, to explore the dialogue between humans and the living tree after becoming the first western person to complete a 6-year apprenticeship under bonsai master, Masahiko Kimura, in Japan's Saitama prefecture. 

As a horticultural incubator and creative facility, our mission is to explore the boundaries and identity of bonsai in the western world through the context of the tree–where compositions reflect the vast array of native landscapes and cultures that are formed in their midst.  

As leaders in the practice, we are committed to sharing our knowledge through science-based bonsai education, while fostering accessibility around the artform with our local and global communities.

Mirai in Japanese means 'future'. It refers not to the immediate future, but to a distant dream, a romantic thought, the future yet to come, ever out of reach, unobtainable, and always evolving. It is the foreshadowing of the perpetual stewardship and unknown future that guides this very special relationship with the tree.

We create trees that connect you–to culture, nature, and the spirit of the individual.

Original Content

Award winning, original editorial content exploring culture, nature and the spirit of the individual through the lens of bonsai.

Mirai is documenting the native landscapes of the most endangered, ancient and significant trees in the world. Embedded in the environment, Ryan Neil processes and understands the elements of nature in the way that the tree does–interpreting and expressing the aesthetic of nature through the art of bonsai. 

Mirai's content partnership opportunities connect our community with like-minded brands and organizations who are committed to using their voices and resources to preserve the natural world.

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Exhibitions and Installations

Redefining your connection to nature through the microcosm of bonsai.

From record-breaking shows at the Portland Japanese Garden and the Portland Art Museum, to in-store collaborations with Aesop–the innovative work of Ryan Neil uses context to elevate the art of bonsai as a communication tool, connecting the viewer to their environment.

Commission an installation or exhibition.

Bonsai is a lifestyle–an eternal point of connection between nature, culture, and the spirit of the individual. 

Goods and Artist Collaborations

Exploring the interplay between home and garden.

Mirai Goods curates the finest bonsai tools and supplies, prioritizing the highest quality in both form and function.

We represent and collaborate with like-minded artists to offer art and unique objects for the home, inspired by a relationship with the natural world. 

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Mirai in the Press

Read more about how Mirai is shaping the future of bonsai as an artform, and making the practice accessible on a global scale.

Mirai in the Press