Tuesday, september 22, 2010
I came across a text from a Japanese guy called Utsubo Monogatari. He wrote a book in the year 970
called The Tale of the Hollow Tree, which includes this passage:
"A tree that is left growing in its natural state is a crude thing.
It is only when it is kept close to human beings who fashion it with loving care
that its shape and style acquire the ability to move on."
At that time they had the idea that natural beauty becomes true beauty only when modified
in accordance with a human idea.
He is actually talking about the Bonzai tree, you know, the cute but kitsch little trees.
On wikipedia I read that it's an old zen buddhist tradition to make Haiku's for your Bonzai. I'm not really a spiritual type, but I like the idea to chat with your tree. So I made some of my own.
I also would love to talk with this one and that one, they look so much more experienced.