Bonsai is the art of growing miniature (dwarf) trees in shallow trays or pots. The word "Bonsai" consists of two Chinese characters: "Bon" (pronounced Bone") meaning tray or pot and "sai" (pronounced "sigh") meaning planting.
While growing trees in pots goes back to ancient Egypt, it was the Chinese in 200 AD who first did this for the aesthetics. The art of Bonsai was taken to Japan in the 6th century. At this time China was well in advance of the Japanese and the Japanese went to great effort to learn and adopt Chinese science and art.
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