Article by Imre Feher
The bonsaikitten.com scandal. Raising bonsai cats is just a joke; bonsai trees are reality and an Art.
The depictions and pictures on raising bonsai cats on the website bonsaikitten.com are obviously just jokes; Nature cannot be forced to impossibilities.
Basically the articles on the website talk about little kittens put in an angular shaped glass, and after a time the kittens grow up into bonsai cats of angular shape.
The website details the technological process, illustrated with manipulated texts and pictures. All what we see there is false, just a nightmare of a sick mind.
Animal protecting organizations and people passionately protest against this website, but even FBI cannot do anything, the website still has been existing. The American student who has created it under a false name is unknown. It is to be feared that credulous people or children could try the first steps of producing bonsai kittens.
A huge number of protesting and circulars have been published in order to protect bonsai kitten and against the website. Endeavors to put a “Just a joke” notice on the bonsai kitten website proved to be unsuccessful.
In opposite of the theory of bonsai kitten producing the tradition and culture of bonsai trees reach back to more thousand years. It origins from China. Later Japanese monks took it to their homeland.
Japanese masters raised it to high artistic levels. The culture of bonsai arrived to Europe a couple of centuries ago, and is spreading with an undiminished energy. Bonsai is the art of shaping plants. The desire for representation of Nature through human eyes rise in every people who love plants and nature.
Let’s keep in mind that our garden and plant culture attracts more and more people. The plants in our environment need continuous nourishing, pruning, dressing in order to avoid our garden and court to change into a jungle. Here rises the question: when we cut the grass or hedge, when we prune the fruit trees, do we feel pity for causing pains to our plants?
All these are maintaining and revitalizing operations. These make our plants denser, well-arranged and more aesthetic, pleasing. Bonsai is about forming plants so that who views them could feel a positive experience through realities, all this on an artistic level. Let’s compare the reality of the bonsai trees with the unhealthy, psychopathological theory on bonsai kittens, and we’ll see what is the relationship between them.
Bonsai is a cared and cherished treasure for their master and owner, not like the kitten who would be forced into a glass and tormented there.
Bonsai is an expression for a noble thing, and should not been used for camouflaging a dirty and vile phantasmagoria. Bonsai is an art, while “bonsai” kitten is just an aberrated nightmare.
About the Author
I’m growing bonsai trees you can visit my site at: in English http://www.bonsaihungary.com and in Hungarian http://www.bonsaihungary.hu my bonsai blog is here: http://bonsaihungary.blogspot.com and http://www.bonsaiblog.hu