January 15

The World’s Tiniest Forest

And the most convenient! If you owned this little grove, you wouldn’t have to take countless trains and buses to enjoy some natural splendor because you could just keep it in your room.

I was wandering around the other day, waiting for my boots to be repaired at the Matsuya Ginza store and I chanced upon this exhibition of bonsai trees. Maybe it’s just that I’ve never seen bonsai exhibited in winter without their leaves, but these were the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen. The little forest above was about 18″ (~45cm) tall, and the tree below was about 24″ (~60cm) tall.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery seriespublished by Penguin/Intermix.

Published by Penguin/Intermix