Have you ever seen a plant that floats? How about the most beautiful handmade bonsai potted plant you’ve ever seen spinning magically in the air over a magnetic base?
This is all possible and it all started in January, 2016, with a Kickstarter project called Air Bonsai that raised more than $840,000, much more than the $80,000 the company aimed for.
The Japan-based company Hoshinchu now has its own website, and you can buy your own Air Bonsai to have at home, as long as you’re lucky enough to live in one of the 16 countries where they deliver!
“Air Bonsai are created on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Rich in nature, the island’s environment is ideal for the production of Air Bonsai,” states their webpage.
Each product takes three months to create, as the porcelain energy base is crafted by hand. The set-up also includes moss, a lava stone bowl for potting the plant, a mat, an AC adapter, and an instruction manual for putting it all together. You can purchase your own bonsai tree or miniature plant, or use the standard small pine that the company will send (because of stringent regulations on exporting and importing plants, the company is currently limited in the kind of trees they can deliver).
The price of an Air Bonsai ranges from 30,000 to 100,000 YEN (about $273 to $910 USD). The price depends on what kind of materials and designs are used to make the energy base.
You have to be careful and with steady hands to find the perfect spot to balance the floating plant on top of the base, but once it’s there, it looks amazing as it spins on its own.
“Hoshinchu” literally means “star people” in Japanese. The company first marketed the Air Bonsai as a “little star,” a floating living thing similar to a star or planet. The Hoshinchu website states they strive to remember traditional virtues and care for the Earth in everything they do, and they invite others to be fellow “star people.”