Thousands of dollars of Bonsai Theft and Limura Family’s Experiences

The bonsai, which we all love and which we prefer because it is long-lasting and easy-to-care, is the name given to the art of trimming trees in special pots, with special techniques, stunted and giving an aesthetic image. Although small-leaved trees are preferred in Bonsai art, Bonsai can be created from any tree regardless of its size. It’s not as easy as it’s written, of course. Bonsai is one of the most beautiful, most aesthetic ways of showing respect to life. Undoubtedly, every living wants labor, but it requires both patience and labor and interest to make a living organism constantly shape and make it more healthy and long lasting. Imagine how many hundred years and thousands of dollars worth of trees have been stolen from generation to generation. The Limura family has been fighting these feelings since 13 January. We have compiled the story of the couple who wanted to get their trees back.

Stolen trees worth $ 118,000

Seven bonsai trees worth at least 13 million Japanese Yen (ie 118,000 USD) were stolen from a garden in Saitama province near Tokyo. Among the stolen tiny trees is in a Japanese beauty contest that will be held this month, and there is a rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree known as the star of the bonsai world. Even the Shimpaku award alone is worth 10 million Japanese Yen, which is $ 90,000, according to the couple who grow the trees.

“We looked at these miniature trees like our children. We can’t find enough words to tell us how we feel. It looks like our limbs have been taken. “

According to the Limuras, thieves are probably professional. Because among the 5,000 hectares of which the couple owns, among the 3000 bonsai trees, the most precious ones were selected and stolen in a few nights. Among the stolen are 3 miniature pine trees called Goyomatsus, one shimpaku trios and a juniper tree which founds rare in nature.

From generation to generation, a mastery

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The family of Seiji Limura, one of the growers of the trees, has been doing this since the Edo period (1600 – 1868). Limura is a 5th generation bonsai master. Based on the ancient Chinese miniature landscape art Penjing, the bonsai was introduced to Japan by a group of Japanese Zen Buddhism students who returned from their travels in the 6th century. This art is called Bonsai, because the meaning of the word of bonsai is “sown in a bowl”. And in its simplest form, the art of raising a wild tree in a small bowl.

Stolen Shimpaku tree is 400 years old

While some bonsai species are grown from seed, it is quite laborious to cultivate some species such as shimpaku. Shimpaku is a species of tree that lives on dangerous, hard to collect rocks. The stolen 400 years old Shimpaku was taken from the mountains centuries ago by Limura’s family. The Limura family, an expert in plant physiology, gradually miniaturized the tree with a thousand labor. The shimpaku, stolen from the Limura family’s garden, is 1 meter long and 70 cm wide.

Worth a fortune in the black market

According to Limura, the stolen bonsai trees are worths a small fortune on the black market, and as far as they know, the trees are shipped to Europe. Limura says that some artisians have seen bonsai trees belonging to them in social media, but it is very difficult to get a tree back when it changes hands once. The Limura family’s choice is of course to take back the miniature trees, but if they fail to do so, they want their trees to be well taken care of.

”Take care of our bonsais”

Limura ,”Whoever took the bonsai trees, I want them to make sure they’re watering. Shimpaku has lived for 400 years, needs attention and cannot survive unless he is well cared for. But if they are well looked after, they can live forever.” said. The Limura couple published an announcement of the events they experienced on social media channels. The couple, who often share with their social media accounts how important the bonsai trees are to themselves and their gardens, wants to take good care of their trees. The couple, who have been grateful for all the encouraging messages they received, have not yet found their trees.


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