One of Ritta Cooper's plantings

Ritta Cooper’s example of ‘nearai’ — a less commonly seen category of accent planting

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


One response

22 08 2012
Observation Point

[…] Kokedama is a japanese technique that creates a hanging moss bonsai-ish ball.  The possibilities are endless – ferns, herbs, succulents to name a few can be hanging around your home in like a half hour! Dudes! The name Kokedama makes me instantly think of the cutest little animation. Kokedama likes feeling a warm breeze and thinking about dinosaurs.  Kokedama likes eating dark chocolate and reading novellas.  According to the interwebs it’s said the idea originated from Nearai, which was a popular bonsai style during the Edo era in Japan, and is a bonsai grown first in a pot and taken out of the pot and set on a stand to enjoy without a pot. In the Nearai style, the bonsai was grown so fully and tightly in the pot that the root and soil would maintain its shape when taken out of the pot.  You can see some beautiful examples of Nearai style here – LINK […]

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