Cliff Bonsai

Bonsai is the Japanese art of cultivating plans into miniature forms of themselves. These dwarfed versions are created through careful management of roots, and selective pruning. These plants can be used in a  wide variety of artistic expressions, including creating mini worlds. Japanese artist Daisuke Nakajima has created a series of cliff side landscapes featuring bonsai. These detailed little landscapes feature waterfalls, and winding staircases that lead to majestic miniature views.

 

Thanks to Cliff Bonsai for originally bringing to light this amazing artists work!

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Skull Bonsai Art

Tokyo Bonsai just featured some amazing skull bonsai. Bonsai is the traditional art of taking a normal plant, most commonly a tree and dwarfing it through pruning, and root management. Wire is used to encourage the plant to grow in specific manners. You can find examples of bonsai as an art through out all of Asian, and it is through to have originally begin as an effective way to transport medicinal plants. Recently we stumbled onto some bonsai out of Japan that made use of animal skulls, and we thought it was a really refreshing take on bonsai. We have seen some skull bonsai done elsewhere with plastic human skulls, and miniatures. However the all organic elements of these really stand out. The real skulls stay in line with organic elements. Of the skulls the stag is our favorite.

Source: http://tokyobonsai.jp/

Cherry Blossom Festivals In America

Discover the many Cherry Blossom Festivals in the USA!

It may come as a shock to some people, but there are Cherry Blossom Festivals all over the world every year. In the USA the most well-known festival is the DC Cherry Blossom Festival which attracts roughly a quarter million people to it each year. Throughout the rest of the USA there are other festivals as well, with some of the larger festivals hosted in places like Nashville, TN, and even Fort Wayne Indiana.

These Japanese festivals are the perfect place to sample Japan without needing a passport. At these festivals, you can see a wide sampling of Japanese culture from kimono, to cosplay. Even better many of these events are free to attend, or low admission cost and are family friendly. To help you find a Cherry Blossom Festival near you, we have assembled a small list of events taking place every year in the USA.

Be aware that not all of the Cherry Blossom Festivals in the USA are Japanese cultural events. There are also many smaller events and celebrations that take place nationwide, and many of these festivals are looking for volunteers to help make them possible.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Tour

Infinity Mirrors by the world renown Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is currently on tour, and is currently showing at the Cleveland Museum Of Art in Ohio. This dazzling exhibit will run from July 7th 2018 to September 30th 2018 before moving on.  This dazzling exhibit will include several of her paintings, and full art installations. Yayoi Kusama is well known for her polka dot paintings, and has enjoyed a long career of 65 years.

 

Chicago – Taiko Summer Camp 2018

JASC – Japanese American Service Committee is hosting a Taiko Summer Camp! Taiko is a style of Japanese drumming that is wildly popular, and known for its deep bass. Taiko drumming is gaining popularity world wide, and is seen at many Japanese Festivals in the USA and abroad.

The Taiko Summer Camp presented by resident artists from Tsukasa Taiko, one of the Midwest’s largest community ensembles managed by professionals. During the Taiko Summer Camp, you will be introduced to the history and basics of authentic Japanese Taiko drumming, learn a new song, get a unique workout, and most importantly, have fun throughout the whole experience!

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