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For over a thousand years the Japanese have practiced the art form of growing trees in small containers known as bonsai. The trees are maintained to appear fully mature but in miniature. Unlike other plants that are grown for medicine or food, the bonsai is cultivated for the pleasure it brings to the person tending the tree or for those who enjoy looking at the small versions of trees or bushes. The Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese also have art forms similar to bonsai. For English speaking gardeners bonsai has come to mean all types of miniature trees in containers. Bonsai came from China and was brought to Japan by members of the royal court and Buddhist students. Before any planting, the end result must be considered. Although bonsai can grow from any number of trees, shrubs or bushes, it is important to choose species that will look attractive when confined to a small container or tray.
Pruning of the roots and crown are techniques used to keep the tree small and to restrict growth. Bonsai cultivation and display requires following traditional standards. Most bonsai are limited to a small size, but some, known as the Imperial bonsai can grow up to two meters tall. Japanese bonsai are outdoor trees, and you will never find them inside. As you tour Kyoto and the rest of Japan look for bonsai art in public places and exhibitions.
• Bonsai the art form originated in China
• Bonsai should look like full grown trees
• Imperial bonsai can be two meters tall.
• Bonsai are displayed out doors
Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art that dates back over a thousand years. Trees are cultivated in a manner to allow them to look full grown but in a miniature version. There are bonsai to be admired in many outdoor public places across the country. In Japan, bonsai are not found indoors, only outside. When you visit the Maikoya Kyoto, you will have the opportunity to learn about the trees in an interesting and informative lecture presented by a Japanese culture expert who has studied the art form extensively. In the hour long class both the facts and the theory behind the aesthetic rules are explained. You will experience the meditative quality of the bonsai as you consider the meaning of the work. The Maikoya Kyoto has an excellent collection of bonsai for you to enjoy. After the lecture, you can have a photo taken with one of the amazing trees to help you remember the occasion and to share with your friends and family. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, you will find the educational talk to be fascinating as you discover the rich history behind the bonsai seen today. Bonsai require patience and consistency from the artist. Once you know the facts about the trees, you will gain a new appreciation for bonsai and the people who create them.
• Visit Kyoto and enjoy a lecture on bonsai
• Hour long lecture presented by bonsai practitioner
• Enjoy the beauty of the bonsai at Maikoya Kyoto
• Have your photo taken to share with friends and family
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya KyotoWe are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Kyoto offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour.
Our address is Japan, 〒604-8006 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Nakanocho, 565-4 JP Take Exit 9 at the Kawaramachi Station google map
Our phone number is 075-606-5303
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Please let us know the gender ratio and if you have any food allergies, Halal, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Do you accept walk-ins?Yes, we accept walk-ins. However, it is chepaer to book online and you may need to wait if you show up without a reservation especially during the peak season.
Do I need to wear a kimono?Traditional tea ceremony is usually conducted by wearing a kimono but since you may simply not be interested in it or you may be pregnant (earlier than 3rd trimester OK) we don’t require you to wear a kimono.
Do I need to sit on my knees all the time or I can sit comfortably? Can I sit on the chair?Yes you can sit comfortably without sitting on your knees. Yes we do provide chairs and desks if you need.
What is the etiquette for tea ceremony?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have kimonos for kids?Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
Do you have plus size kimonos?Yes we do have extra size kimonos. If you are a plus size please let us know when you reserve about your size.
Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day?Yes! you can walk outside with additional fee JPY1000 by 6 pm!
Do you provide any hairdo services?Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?Of course we explain all the meanings and symbols. We also answer many questions you may have (what tis the relationship between zen and tea ceremony, what is the relationship between zen and shodo, what is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, etc.)
Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, etc. to remember my experience?Yes we do.
Where can I buy a kimono?We can recommend you a few nearby shops that sell 2nd hand, upscale and economy kimonos, yukatas, samues and hakamas.