Now this is one sure way to impress a houseguest. A Kickstarter project from Japan is making the news with an incredible floating bonsai that will float and rotate above a special magnetic energy base. Simply called "Air Bonsai," this new creation is sure to turn any room in your home into a zen garden straight out of a science fiction movie. 

With 34 days left to go, the Kickstarter campaign for Air Bonsai has already amassed over $340,000, over four times the original goal of $80,000. That is not surprising, considering the awesomeness of this floating ornament. Said to have been brought to Japan from China over 1200 years ago, bonsai is the Japanese art of creating miniature trees by growing them in small containers. Any type of plant species with a trunk can be made into a bonsai, but of course, extreme care and dedication are needed to create an aesthetically pleasing bonsai.

And now, as we enter the future, a Japanese team called Hoshinchu Air Bonsai Garden invented a bonsai that actually floats and rotates in the air, supported by a specially designed magnetic energy base that is placed 2 centimeters under the plant itself. The starter kit costs $200, which includes the energy base and sponge, the latter to be used for planting. For an extra $30, you can order a sponge made out of pumice, which helps with drainage issues and reduces water loss. The miniature trees themselves cannot be provided by the creator of Air Bonsai because of issues with sending them overseas, so a lot of what the floating bonsai will end up looking like is up to the owner's own bonsai-growing technique. Taking care of a stationary bonsai is difficult enough; but having to work on a floating one is sure to be quite the challenge.

With the perfect combination of focus and Zen-like separation, the Air Bonsai can turn you into a super cool interior decorator and enlightened monk.


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