Ash – Black / Charcoal grey / Snow white / Dark wenge
A stand for placing bonsai or flower vases is called a “shoku”. A flat board to place bonsai is jiita.
It is a rule to place bonsai on either a shoku or jiita. The rules for bonsai might have been looser
originally. However, losing substance over time is one aspect of a culture, which can be good or
bad. Bonsai originated in China and was later introduced to Japan. In the Edo period, its aesthetics
and styles were established to form today’s bonsai. Although bonsai is appreciated indoors, it stays
outdoors (e.g. in gardens) for the majority of the year. Since bonsai is basically a transplanted wild
plant in a pot, it cannot survive unless it stays in a natural environment bearing rain and wind. The
form is shaped after many years of daily watering, care, and trimming, while envisioning a future
shape so that it grows into that shape as if naturally formed. Bonsai devotees enjoy the growing
process, in addition to the beautiful shape. In Japanese style houses, bonsai decorates an alcove
known as tokonoma in a reception room, along with a wall scroll. A doll or a stone known as suiseki,
which resembles a scenery, is placed on the alcove shelves for welcoming guests and admiring the
changing seasons. A shoku is used to place bonsai on. Although there are expensive masterpieces
from the Ming Dynasty in China and the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, we created a shoku for bonsai
that fits in with modern spaces.