Saitama prefecture
Saitama shoulders a core of culture -- the tree planting industry. Saitama is located 25km to the north of central Tokyo,Japan. It producds a wide range of trees - from northern to southern types. It has been a so-called suburb of Tokyo,since the Edo era (1603-1867). It has been a production center of typical Japanese garden plants and a lanch pad of garden culture.In addition, Saitama is a base for the landscape and garden plant trade, has a distribution network among tree plantion suppliers & producers in the whole country. This was developed and led by the wholesalers of Saitama. The export volume to the EU -- primarily the Nerherlands -- the U.S., China and South Korea of landscape trees is the largest in Japan.

Bonsai trees are beautifully grown with great care. Growing bonsai, which demands skill and an artistic sense, are highly valued internationally and are a part of Japan's traditional culture.Saitama is an area where the bonsai masters, who learned artisan-like skills and an artistic sense, are developed.

The 3 elements of viewing Bonsai
Nebari.....The bonsai's roots are spread out in all directions giving it a sense of stability and strength.
Miki.....The bonsai tree's trunk stood natural and straight, and it becomes narrower from the base to the top.
Edakubari.....The size of branches and space between branches are in good balance to the trunk size.

Bonsai pots
An important thing to enjoy watching bonsai is not just about the shape of tree, but to appreciate the harmony between the tree and its pot. There are various types of pots, big and small, some with graze and some without graze, as well as many different shapes. It is very important that you choose a pot that best matches the tree because one's perception of bonsai can completely change, just by changing the pot.