Portland Monthly: Bonsai Takes Root in Portland

Portland Monthly: Bonsai Takes Root in Portland

The Artisans Cup Bonsai exhibition aims to revitalize an age-old art form.

Many people associate bonsai with Mr. Miyagi’s meticulous pruning in the’80s classic, “The Karate Kid” or perceive it as an anachronistic hobby. However, contemporary bonsai artisans and fans offer a different perspective on its relevance in today’s society. The art of bonsai-- both the cultivation and care-- requires an investment of patience and time, the antithesis of our technologically driven culture of instant gratification. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a large bonsai to take more than 4 years to reach its first milestone as a refined bonsai. At its essence, bonsai offers a reminder of the beauty of time, connecting us to nature and the world around us, and recognizing the role our native landscape takes in shaping our identity.    

Read the full piece on Portland Monthly here.

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