Ōmiya Bonsai Village

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Ōmiya Bonsai Village (大宮盆栽村 Ōmiya Bonsai-mura?) is the nickname for the bonsai nursery precinct in Bonsai-chō (盆栽町 Bonsai-chō?), Kita-ku, Saitama, Japan.

Bonsai Village is located near Ōmiya-kōen Station on the Tobu Noda Line. It is closed on every Thursday (unless the Thursday falls on a national holiday).

History[edit]

  • 1925: Settled by a group of professional bonsai gardeners who originally lived around Dangō-Zaka (Hongō) area in Tokyo and emigrated from there due to the crucial damages caused by the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923, at Toro and Hongō settlements of Ōsato village.[1]
  • 1940 Ōsato village merged with other villages to form Ōmiya city.
  • 1957 The official suburb name 盆栽町 (Bonsai-chō lit. Bonsai Town?) was given to the precinct.
  • 2001 Ōmiya city merges with other cities to form Saitama City.
  • 1 April 2003 on the day of the government designation of Saitama City Bonsai-chō was classified in Kita-ku.

Today[edit]

The Bonsai Village consists of about ten privately owned bonsai gardens. From the early 1990s, Omiya Bonsai-cho has seen a slight contraction in the number of nurseries. As of 2007, the Bonsai Village contains hundreds of thousands of bonsai trees in a site of about 330,000 square meters.[2]

The area also contains the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, opened in 2010. The museum has indoor exhibits of bonsai history and art, as well as an outdoor area with a number of bonsai specimens. Some of the museum's materials were drawn from the Takagi Bonsai Museum of Art in Tokyo.[3]

Each year, Bonsai Village holds the "Great Bonsai Festival" from 3-5 May. During the festival the area is packed with many bonsai devotees from all over Japan.

See also[edit]

  • Bonsai - Japanese tradition of growing miniature trees in containers

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.geocities.co.jp/HeartLand-Apricot/7111/sub2-2.htm from The Birth of Bonsai Town (盆栽町 Bonsai-chō no Tanjō?) by Shōzō Kusakabe, 1996.
  2. ^ "Enjoying Bonsai and Horticulture". Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  3. ^ "The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama". Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 

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Coordinates: 35°55′40″N 139°37′53″E / 35.927763°N 139.631513°E / 35.927763; 139.631513