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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 Osaka 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 Osaka, 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 Osaka 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 Osaka and enjoy a lecture on bonsai
• Hour long lecture presented by bonsai practitioner
• Enjoy the beauty of the bonsai at Maikoya Osaka
• Have your photo taken to share with friends and family
Address: 1 Chome-22-7 Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 550-0013
Book online and get your voucher via email instantly!Maikoya Osaka offers unique cultural experiences where visitors can engage in various cultural activities such as the traditional tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, origami, kimono dressing and much more. Maikoya Osaka is the only place in Japan where visitors can meet and chat with a maiko in training anytime of the year.
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 through activities and lessons such as tea ceremony, kimono dressing, Japanese cooking and the life of a samurai, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya 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 a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor. *** Please let us know if you have any food allergies, Halal, vegan or vegetarian preferences.Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
1- Do you accept walk-ins? For tea ceremony, kimono experience, calligraphy and the samurai experience we accept walk ins. However, there is a possibility that you may need to wait sometime to be served if you show up without any reservation. So, we kindly recommend reserving in advance.
2-Do you have kimonos for kids? Yes, we do have small size kimonos for kids. Just let us know the age/height of your child in advance.
3- Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day? This depends on the season.Some seasons we allow the customers to walk outside and take pictures. We have the kimono rental option, for a small additional fee you can stroll the streets of Osaka or visit Osaka castle by wearing a kimono for the rest of the day.
4- 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.
5- How far is your location from the Dotonbori area? How far is your location from Umeda? It is about 18-minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride from Dotonbori. It is about 10-minute train ride or a 15-minute taxi ride from Umeda.
6- Do you hold your activities in a Japanese house? I want to see inside of a Japanese house. Yes. You have to take your shoes off to get in and all the rooms have the interior like a traditional Japanese house.
7- Do you have discounts if I want to experience multiple events at once?. For individuals we usually can't offer any discount as we need to prepare for each activity in advance. For groups more than 4, who want to experience multiple activities, please drop us a message with the subject title multiple activities for groups.
8- Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?. We are the only place that is supervised by college professors and and focus on cross-cultural awareness. Our experiences are lots of fun and also quite educational.
9- Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, replica swords etc. to remember my experience?. Yes, we have a gift shop on the first floor.
Call Maikoya: 06-6556-6257