American Shokunin: The Delicate Art of Bonsai

We may look at bonsai plants as a novelty when we pass by the zen carts that carry them in the mall, but contrary to belief, the art of bonsai is a delicate skill that only a select have mastered. Ryan Neil is an American Bonsai master based in Portland, Oregon. His work is unbeknownst to many, but his impact to the few who understand the meaning of “Shokunin” is immense. After pursing a career that has so far lasted 20-years, Neil has finally released a short documentary about the intricate craft of creating bonsai. It’s an engrossing take on what it means to ‘master’ a completely subjective art form.


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