In describing Takanori Aiba’s bonsai creations, be sure to strike “whimsical” off the list of effective adjectives. “Fantastical” and “miraculous” should be left by the wayside, as well. Few of these words seem to do his living miniatures proper justice.
With painstaking attention to detail and no small measure of creative recycling, Aiba’s buildings around bonsai (and bonsai around buildings) tend to remind me of the films of Hayao Miyazaki. I’m this close to a Howl’s Moving Castle comparison. —MN