The bonsai comes to us from ancient China through Japan. Did it originate with our all-too-human need to subjugate nature or was it just an innocent means for Zen practitioners to meditate on the harmony of tall forests while avoiding a stiff neck?
It remains a mystery.
The one thing that is certain is that the bonsai is a tree, a real one, and that it is coming back into fashion. It appears to have even more beautiful days ahead. (from: Hermès Carré Booklet S/S 1991)