There will be very many more examples in the Exhibition on 27th May 2012
Nearai can be single plants or mixed plantings that have been grown in pots and when the pot is full of roots it is removed from the pot and displayed on a flat showing the roots.
The roots can be washed to expose them more if desired.
Often Shitakusa, Kusamono or Kokedama will eventually develop into Nearai.
It is not practical to make Nearai without time and patience as it is only this that allows the plants to form enough roots to be displayed.
This is another art form that can be used as an accent for Bonsai or Suiseki with the same guidelines as for other forms.
For practical reasons, these should be displayed on stone or ceramic flats.
© Ritta Cooper 2011