Time Out Love Tokyo Lounge: Bonsai workshop

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As part of our Time Out Love Tokyo Lounge programme, we'll also be hosting a bonsai workshop. We've enlisted the help of a proper tree specialist-come-landscape artist who has hosted countless bonsai-making classes in cafés and restaurants across the capital. There are two different sessions you can join, both dealing with distinct types of palm-sized foliage. The morning group will use 'Nirekeyaki', a type of Chinese elm, while the afternoon group will use 'Sarukoiashi', a hatiora (a type of forest cactus – don't worry, not a sharp one).

During the class, you'll learn the basics of bonsai step by step, plus how to create a nice scenery by pruning the elm or adding in stones with the hatiora. You can take the finished product home, but do note that the elm is an outdoor plant, while the hatiora is an indoor species. 

The class will be held in Japanese, but Time Out Tokyo staff will be on hand to interpret between English and Japanese. Sign up in advance through our online form, and if you have any questions, direct them to info@timeout.jp (subject line 'Bonsai workshop').


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