Takanori Aiba of Japan creates a whole other world with the bonsai tree. While staying true to the craftsmanship of the traditional art, he's added his very own modern take on it, and what he's created is nothing short of breathtaking.

A former maze illustrator and art director, Takanori AIba has taken the traditional art of bonsai and taken it to another level. While honoring the craft, he's also added his own unique take on the process. While shaping and designing the tree, he uses craft paper, plastic, plaster, acrylic resin, and paint to create his beautiful work. He was inspired to work on bonsai trees after visiting New York City, of all places, when he walked into a shop at the Museum of Natural History that had miniature insect dioramas in small glass domes. He went back home to Japan and right away dedicated his life to working on bonsai trees. And this wasn't until he was in his thirties. Just proves you can do anything you want, whenever you want.

Aiba is obviously gifted, meticulous and focused on the craft. The days where his work inspires another aspiring artist are not far away.

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