Bonsai is the Japanese art of growing ornamental, artificially dwarfed trees.
Masahiko Kimura began creating his first bonsai designs in his mid-teens.
Featuring dead wood sculpted by tools of his own design, they broke traditional rules dating back centuries.
Perhaps Kimura’s rebellious rule breaking shouldn’t be too surprising: His first dream? To be a rock and roll star.
Over the decades, Kimura’s unique style has gone on to become accepted and even revered—with fans nicknaming him “The Magician.”
These days Kimura—who is now in his 80s—is one of the country’s rare bonsai masters, and he has apprentices all over the globe.
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