Air Bonsai: Levitating magnetic bonsai trees by Hoshinchu

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Despite the visual beauty and life-giving nature of plants, there’s always been one main problem with our vegetative friends: plants can’t fly. A small company called Hoshinchu based out of Kyushu, Japan, recently set out to fix the problem that evolution forgot by inventing the Air Bonsai, a system for magnetically levitating small bonsai trees several inches above a small electrified pedestal. The system allows you to create your own miniature Avatar-like worlds with tiny trees or shrubs planted in balls of moss, but is also powerful enough to suspend special ceramic dishes of fragments of lava rock.

Air Bonsai is currently funding like crazy on Kickstarter and is availble in a number of configurations starting with a base DIY kit for $200 that requires you to use your own plants up to more elaborate designs that may only ship in Japan.

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maharishi Spring/Summer 2015 “DPM: Bonsai e Alighiero” Collection

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British label maharishi have released a number of camouflaged pieces for their Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Included in the military designs are upcycled Vietnam-era gear and apparel, taken from the maharishi archives, that have been repurposed for modern fashion sensibilities. In keeping with designer Hardy Blechman’s philosophy, the pieces have been ritually cleansed of their former violent purpose.

Since the ’90s maharishi has quietly gone about reclaiming camo for civilian use, citing the proximity to the earth that it suggests. Some of the patterns in this collection date back to the inception of countershading in camouflage, first used widely by Italian forces in the late ’20s.


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Check out “The Delicate Art of Creating Bonsai Trees”

American Bonsai tree nursery Bonsai Mirai has commissioned filmmaker Ryan J. Bush to create a film featuring Bonsai master, Ryan Neil. The Bonsai master has been practicing the craft for over twenty years, perfecting the challenges that come with honing this historic art.

Check out the seven-minute film, and take a look into Neil’s mind and the broad and generally mysterious art of Bonsai tree planting.

Artist Profile: Photographer Azuma Makoto sends bonsai trees to space

 

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For Azuma Makoto‘s newest series, the Japanese artist photographed a white pine bonsai and an arrangement of flowers floating above Earth’s bed of clouds. Working with a team of 10 people, the 38-year-old creative attached each plant display to a collection of giant helium balloons that were capable of rising to 91,800 feet before bursting.
Rigged with a number of still and video cameras, from Fuji Film to GoPro, each ascent into space was recorded with 360 degree views. Speaking on his unique installation, Makoto told the New York Times “the best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us, so seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.”

Image of Azuma Makoto Sends Plants To Space

Image of Azuma Makoto Sends Plants To Space

Image of Azuma Makoto Sends Plants To Space

Image of Azuma Makoto Sends Plants To Space

 

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‘Ultra-Small’ bonsai plants that only grow to around an inch high

 

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A recent trend known in the world of bonsai has growers creating plants even smaller than bonsai’s traditionally diminutive size. The “cho-mini” (“ultra-small”) bonsai maintain sizes of under three centimeters (1.1 inches) and are grown in pots the size of a finger tip.

 

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Tiny Bonsai

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Broccoli bonsai and sweet sushi: Japanese culture’s evolution abroad

 

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Bonsai and sushi are two of Japan’s most well-known cultural exports with fans all over the world. But while Japan may cling to the traditional presentation of these two icons, globalization has taken these Japanese icons and turned them into something new. Not just happy with tiny trees and raw fish on top of vinegar rice, these cultural hybrids have evolved into something far beyond their origins in the Japanese archipelago.

First up are some bonsai plants that forego the usual trees to make a brand new art form. Usually bonsai artists take years to raise the plant from seeds, cutting, pruning and shaping the tiny tree. But here are some bonsai that prove you can use the traditional Japanese gardening technique on just about whatever plant or vegetable you like!

 

▼ A chili pepper bonsai from a Finnish Bonsai artist

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▼ Another chili pepper bonsai, but with even more color

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▼ This olive bonsai puts a little Mediterranean flair into the Japanese art

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▼ “No I didn’t forget to throw out the garbage. I’m totally doing some Japanese bonsai with these carrots here.”

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▼ Although definitely photoshopped, this broccoli bonsai is a beautiful thing

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▼ This picturesque bonsai was born out of a potato

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▼ And if you’re interested in trying your own bonsai (but don’t want to wait years), here’s a US$7 potato bonsai kit

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▼ The potato bonsai kit comes with an altar that says “potato” in Japanese, pruning scissors and tweezers. You have to add your own potato (and buddha statue)

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▼ This free-spirited sweet potato bonsai looks pretty easy to take care of

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Next up is the Japanese food we all love: sushi. Although the first thing that comes to mind is “raw fish,” sushi actually refers to the distinctive rice cooked with vinegar that is below the slices of fish or seafood.

 

▼ What “sushi” means to most Japanese diners

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But once sushi made its way outside of Japan, it quickly added ingredients or changed shapes to adapt to people all over the world. One of the more infamous non-Japanese sushi creations is the California roll, which has since come back to Japan as “foreign cuisine.”

 

▼ You can argue that sushi should never have avocado, cucumber, cream cheese or rice on the outside of the roll…but we can all agree that it’s delicious.

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And sushi is not just the main course anymore, some people are even making “dessert sushi” with sweet ingredients like marshmallows, chocolate and kiwi.

 

▼ (Candy Swedish) fish on top of (sweet cereal made from) rice. That counts as sushi right?

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▼ Marshmallow Peeps make more Easter-themed dessert sushi

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▼ This very elegant looking sushi is topped with mango and raspberries

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▼ Sliced pears that almost look like the translucent flesh of squid is put on top of chocolatey rice in this sweet sushi creation

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▼ Strawberry jelly and kiwi go inside this dessert maki-zushi (rolled sushi) that is dusted with chocolate flakes

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How does this new form of bonsai and sushi stack up to the real thing? Do potato bonsai and sweet sushi still count as “Japanese” or are we entering a new age where sharing our traditions and culture means we all get to add our own flair? Let us know in the comments below what you think about the bonsai and sushi creations!

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Wisteria bonsai proves big beauty comes in small packages

 

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As you probably already know, bonsai is the Japanese art of growing miniature trees or shrubs in planters. You’ve may have already seen at least some tiny potted junipers, a common species for bonsai, at some point, but actually many different species are suitable for bonsai, including some flowering trees like wisteria, or fuji in Japanese.

Fuji has special significance in Japanese culture, supposedly representing beginnings, especially the start of a romance, and has been mentioned in historical waka poems going back to the 8th century. However, you don’t have to be Japanese to appreciate the beauty of these dangling ombre flowers, particularly when they come in the exquisitely tiny bonsai variety.

 

Here are some stunning examples of fuji bonsai.

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Having one of those in the house would sure make things feel like spring had sprung!

Source and images: DDN Japan

 

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