Gallery: Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Livi...

The Japanese art of raising bonsai trees is a beautiful way to infuse greenery into indoor spaces. But artist Takanori Aiba takes the art to a new level with his incredibly intricate series of bonsai castles. The Japanese artist carves miniature masterpieces
 
The Japanese art of raising bonsai trees is a beautiful way to infuse greenery into indoor spaces. But artist Takanori Aiba takes the art to a new level with his incredibly intricate series of bonsai castles. The Japanese artist carves miniature masterpieces that weave in and out of the miniature trees, creating cohesive architectural marvels that burst forth with life!

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin and stone clay, he fashions detailed buildings, bridges, balconies and towers. Using the bonsai trees as the foundation, the dioramas are inspired by the unique shape of each tree, creating both vertical and horizontal landscapes and buildings.

Aiba’s first few creations relied heavily on the function of the bonsai as a tree. The plants hold tree houses, and the leafy branches of the bonsai poke out of the tops and cascade to the floor. Each branch is adorned with patios, umbrellas, and tiny strings of lights, creating an incredible dwelling for a miniature Swiss Family Robinson.

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  1. Maureen Fukushima June 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    These are simply exquisite AND show that not only is Aiba talented with the art of Bonsai but also is fantastically creative with doing the miniature buildings.

  2. An Young February 22, 2012 at 5:37 am

    absolutely gorgeous and fantastically magical. Love it!

  3. muhaimincs February 22, 2012 at 4:09 am

    where can i buy this

  4. Bonsai Ku February 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I wonder what is in your mind Mr.Takanori.. really inspirative for me. salute..

  5. erikawarren February 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I could sit there for hours, days, weeks starring into this magical lil world.. <3 <3 <3

  6. Shreddingmynotes February 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Absolutely brilliant design work. I’d love to see these scaled to reality. Great feature, Lori!

  7. GreenSteve February 15, 2012 at 5:56 am

    That is amazing!

  8. lefia February 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    These are absolutely incredible.

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