A Pricey Little Japanese Black Pine

One thing that I found very interesting on my trip to Japan was the prices of bonsai. Take this stunning little (about 20 cm) japanese black pine below for example: it set the owner back ¥1,000,000 (about $12,500).

A cool million yen in the palm of your hand.

Why is this tree so expensive? Probably a number of reasons… small trees seem to be desirable right now, the bark was very good, the nebari and taper were both almost “perfect”, and the branch placement and ramification were outstanding. It is small details like this that make the difference between a ¥10,000 tree and a ¥1,000,000 tree in Japan. Nevertheless, a ¥10,000 tree in Japan is still pretty damn nice 🙂

I wonder if this tree would sell for $12K in North America? Europe? Maybe that isn’t even a fair question to ask given the difference in the markets for bonsai.

One Response

  1. Lol. Show me that same black pine(on the ground in the US, and I’d have trouble getting that! In my experience, Americans are certainly willing to spend 5 grand for a a 100,000¥ tree…paying 4 times Japan cost, but one prices head over 10grand, things start to equalize.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

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