Monday, December 12, 2005

Bonkei: landscapes in a tray

Most folks have heard about bonsai, but what about bonkei?

Both terms share the component "bon," meaning tray. The difference is that in a bonsai, a single miniature tree cultivated ("sai") in the tray is the star attraction, whereas bonkei combine rocks and even smaller plants to create a miniature landscape ("kei").

Click on the bonkei picture below to view a photo gallery of bonsai and bonkei.

—Mellow Monk

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