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|THE 35th BONSAI FESTIVAL in OMIYA, 2018
May 3,4 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and 5 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
|Bonsai Village in Saitama City (Omiya City) where the festival is held is a unique place
of Japan's bonsai culture. The village was founded by bonsai cultivators
who settled in Omiya in the Taisho era and the bonsai gardens opened around
that time are still in operation today. The bonsai gardens are open to
visitors for appreciation and also can purchase a small bonsai as souvenier.
During the bonsai festival days, more than 100 bonsai shops stand along the streets of the bonsai village. Last year, about 140,000 people visited the event.
Address: Bonsai-mura, Kita-ku, Saitama City, Omiya, Saitama Prefecture
Access: Omiya Koen Station on Tobu Noda Line/ Toro Station on JR Utsunomiya Line
Telephone: 048-663-3899 (Bonsai Matsuri Committee, Tojuen Bonsai Garden)/ 048-646-3093 (Omiya City Commerce and Industrial Department)
Bonsai Art Museum of Omiya City
|The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture is the world's
first publicly-operated "Bonsai art museum" which opened in 2010.
It provides a comprehensive view of the culture of bonsai. By displaying
bonsai, as well as bonsai pots, suiseki stones, pictures, and historical
materials related to bonsai, the Museum aims to transmit the culture of
bonsai, a traditional industry in Saitama City, to Japan and the rest of
the world. (from pamphlets of The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum)
Open: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. closed on Thursdays and yearends and new year days
Access: Toro Station on JR Utsunomiya Line from Ueno
Admission: 300 yen
|Bonsai Village in Omiya
In the same area of Bonsai Art Museum , there are many bonsai gardens scattered
within walking distance of the museum. Each garden has a unique exhibit
of bonsai trees, and it may be a fun to visit them and see the differences.
They sell bonsai trees on the spot. The Bonsai Village was established
in Omiya in 1929 after the Great Kanto earthquake hit Tokyo. Bonsai growers
who were in Nezu and Sendagi areas in Tokyo moved to Omiya where they found
larger space and good soil for nurturing bonsai with clean water and fresh
Shunkaen Bonsai Garden in Edogawa
The Shunkaen Bonsai Museum was built by a private person Kunio Kobayashi
and opened on April 3 in 2002. It was built with his ambition to spread
Japanese culture, especially Bonsai in a new way to the rest of the world.
Kobayashi wanted to show both the beauty and the severity of nature that
is hidden within Bonsai. Kobayashi is a four times winner of Prime Minister
Award. Kobayashi often travels abroad to spread and teach bonsai art.
Bonsai Exhibition at Meiji Jingu Shrine
|The 12th Meiji Jingu Bonsai Exhibition was held
from June 8 through 17 in 2012 near the main hall of the shrine. On top of the
bonsai, suiseki stones were exhibited together with bonsai trees. Appreciation
of suiseki stones is said to be the culmination of nature appreciations. People
perceive the great nature and the universe from suiseki stone.
Access: Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line/ Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Subway Chiyoda Line