Recently I came across the new phenomenon of Pop Bonsai, which is a freestyle approach to bonsai to which there are no rules beyond your own rules it appears. It does not follow conventional or traditional bonsai rules, but allows the artist to just create Pop Bonsai however they like, to the extent of their own imagination.


The inspirational person behind this concept is Lisa Tajima who originally trained as a music journalist in the US before returning to Japan to study bonsai. She has become widely recognized for her work and has won various awards for not only her Pop Bonsai but also for making her pots including the fabulous ‘walking bonsai’.

Lisa has published a book called pop bonsai and it has brilliant photographs of some of her creations that take the art of bonsai to a whole new level of fun, colour and imagination.