Learning about the history of bonsai can be educational, tying to the lore that’s led the way for centuries. Join us as we explore it together.

Bonsai lore

Many people believe that the history of bonsai started in Japan. While this is technically true, the inspiration for the art of miniature trees began in China when Buddhist monks wanted to bring nature into their temples. However, the term ‘bonsai’ arose from the Japanese civilization when this natural art form entered their country.

In this section, we’ll look at the history of bonsai over time, its influences on Japanese culture, and how it expanded to other lands worldwide.

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