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Bonsai Tree in the Temple of Literature, Hanoi. These trees always amazed me. Some key principles in Bonsai aesthetics include: -Miniaturization: Trees are kept small enough to be container-grown while fostered to have a mature appearance. -Proportion among elements: The most prized proportions mimic those of a full-grown tree as closely as possible. -Asymmetry: Bonsai aesthetics discourage strict radial or bilateral symmetry in branch and root placement. -No trace of the artist: The designers touch must not be apparent to the viewer. -Poignancy: Many of the formal rules of bonsai help the grower create a tree that expresses Wabi-sabi, a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The Bonsai tradition dates back over a thousand years, a period that not only gives one something to reflect upon, but also equals the age of the Temple of Literature, Hanoi, where this tree lives. It was built in 1070 then reconstructed several times. In 1076, Vietnams first university was established within the temple to educate Vietnams bureaucrats, nobles, royalty and other members of the elite. Over the centuries it lost relevance until in 1800 the Nguyen monarchs founded the Hue capital where they established a new imperial academy. (Moleskine 13x21)
Posted on: Tue, 27 May 2014 12:23:02 +0000

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