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Prefectural Bonsai Exhibition now ready to start

Date Posted: 2011-12-09

More than 70 entries are being prepared for judging at the 24th Prefectural Bonsai Exhibition to be held at the Gushikawa Dome baseball stadium in Uruma City.

The event runs tomorrow through Sunday, with nearly seventy bonsai entries selected from five districts within the prefecture. Bonsai means “tray (plant pot) cultivation” and simply explained, the art of bonsai creates awesome natural scenes within the confines of a small plant pot.

In comparison to the largely pine tree-oriented bonsai culture of the Japanese mainland, the bonsai of subtropical Okinawa is known for its rich variety of subject matter. In contrast to still images, paintings and sculptures, the bonsai can be seen to change with the seasons, and one can feel the throb of life pulsing through these little creations of nature. In recent years younger Japanese generations are increasingly taking an interest in this ancient pastime, but using the using more conveniently-sized small 20cm and mini 10cm bonsai trays.

The upcoming Prefectural Bonsai Exhibition in Gushikawa Dome is an excellent opportunity to experience the allure of the world-famous Japanese culture of bonsai. Entrance is free. To get there: travel north on Route 330, continuing onto Route 75. Turn right at the Esso station taking Route 10 toward Ota. Turn left at the water tower toward the Public Baseball Stadium, and you’ll see the Gushikawa Dome come into view on your right hand side. Parking is available at the venue.

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