Magic Bonsai

Places September 9, 2017

I’m admiring a group of bonsai that have been grown with magic, so of course they have their own magic as a result.

I wonder how I can learn to grow them.

They’re so beautiful, but I’m daunted by the thought.

Shouldn’t I stick to orchids?


Celine white boots


Tokyo bonsai museum Shunkaen


irene cream dress


shunkaen bonsai museum tokyo


drempt bonsai


shunkaen bonsai koi


I found the magical trees of my dream way out on the east side of Tokyo. Shunkaen had sat on my list of places to visit, and when I finally made the trek out to see it, it certainly did not disappoint. Nestled in an unassuming residential neighborhood, far from a train station, I discovered a tiny wonderland filled with priceless, ancient works of living art. Thousand year old trees that took your breath away, rows and rows of perfectly imperfect beings beyond comprehension. What a treat to watch the workers carefully clipping away, to marvel at the largest koi I’ve ever seen, to share a humble handmade lunch with the staff.


We wound our way through the stands of trees, through empty tatami rooms, feeling a bit like we were wandering around someone’s house, which we were. “See you next time” the energetic ojisan called to us as we bowed and traipsed back out into the street, head and heart rustling and creaking with the energy only trees can give you. Magical trees indeed.


Irene dress and pants / Celine shoes