From August 30th to September 3rd, the Kofu Bonsai Kai organization is hosting a free bonsai exhibit at Bowers museum. With over 40 bonsai trees designed and grown by local artists, Kofu Bonsai Kai experts on hand to educate and answer questions, and a beautiful venue, it’s a must-see this weekend!
I had the pleasure of speaking to Kofu Bonsai Kai member Manuel Martinez, who was kind enough to answer some of my questions about the exhibit and provide us with some bonsai fun facts!
Mr. Martinez tracks his fascination with the art form of bonsai design all the way back to his high school days, when he saw an exhibit very similar to the one currently at Bowers museum. For him and many others, cultivating bonsai trees is a way to escape the stresses of everyday life and slow down both physically and mentally.
But you don’t have to be a bonsai designer to enjoy the relaxation that the bonsai artform has to offer! In the words of Mr. Martinez, “It’s a very personal thing… Everybody will walk through here and look at the trees and they’ll see something different or it’ll remind them of something or it’ll take them someplace, so from that aspect it’s just a very enjoyable hobby.”
1) It takes between 1 and 6 years to grow a bonsai tree
2) The word “bonsai” roughly translates from Japanese as “tree in pot.”
3) Any tree can be grown as a bonsai tree as long as the leaves are proportional to the design the artist is trying to create.
4) Many people use bonsai as a way to escape the stress of work and their personal lives
5) Some bonsai trees change colors with the seasons!
Take ART line 19 to Bowers Museum for this free exhibit today!