Among the many gifts that Japan has given the world — ramen, sake, Godzilla, Pokemon, the list goes on — bonsai is perhaps the most relaxing, even if you haven't mastered the art yourself. Cultivating tiny trees certainly sounds soothing, but it's not a skill we all have. Still, regardless of how green your thumbs are (or aren't), we all can enjoy the calming bliss of looking at these small wonders.
From April 30 to May 5, Sydney's The Japan Foundation Gallery is the place where miniature plants come to life, showcasing the work of the Sydney-based Megumi and Alex Bennett. Bonsai: Generations of Growth not only highlights two generations of bonsai practitioners, but applies the practice to Australian native plants. For six days, their creations will be on display, looking cute and comforting for anyone that wants to take a gander.
Warning: stare long enough, and you'll want to take up bonsai yourself. Don't say we didn't tell you. If that's you, there's also a bonsai demonstration on May 1 at the opening reception, running through the bonsai basics.