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This thread is for discussing Colin Lewis' article, "Bonsai as a Western Art "
http://www.artofbonsai.org/feature_arti ... ernart.php


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This is an eye opener to those of us who were schooled in the Japanese ways and opens up a new way of looking at the subject. Many thanks Colin for offering a way of looking in a fresh aspect rather than the one eyed myopic view.

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This is not the first time I've heard and read a topic about promoting 'our own bonsai style or approach'. The Indonesians came with their national tree, the giant Ficus with hanging roots, others do the same to promote their local environments and/or identity. I have no judgement about this, but see it as a natural process: through the Japanese most of us have learned to know what bonsai means, and it is only natural to will to go further and explore more.

Everyone has it's own preferences about bonsai styles and approaches. Why do I like the Pine the Japanese way at most ' How do we come to our preferences '

I've read in the newspaper today that parents should not be too easily give the childeren the food they like because taste is a matter of education, too. If you always give the childeren they like, they will end up with a bad taste that they don't like veg at all, for example. Is bonsai also a matter of education ' I think so.

I think that 90% of the bonsai I've seen and love are 'virtual trees' which I've never seen in the wild. My conclusion is that bonsai has, for me at least, not so much to do with real trees in my environment. Please argue about this.

About the Pine: in the Netherlands I see a lot of old Pine in the Bunjin style, so this style is not pure Chinese or Japanese style.


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