Introducing my new friend!
Sachinami (in Japanese - "One Thousand Little Waves") After a week or so of sitting with and studying this #bonsaitree I gave it a name and a solid prune. It took me two hours using tweezers and small scissors to carefully remove all of the unwanted shoots, stems and overgrown/old leaves.
By carefully choosing which parts of the tree you allow to grow, you guide the plant into the shape you would like. A very calming and enjoyable activity which requires a long attention span and also much care and precision.
When I looked closely at the plant for the first time I noticed it's shoots were tangled and it's bark/soil had debris on it, it needed TLC.
Once I attended to it, I could see many of it's finer qualities. I ran my index finger gently upwards from underneath the leaves, as if talking to it and saying "Head up young one". The leaves respond by stretching out and bouncing gently. The springiness yet firmness of the shoots is vibrant, and the vulnerability of the new growth is so miniscule and weak that you cannot help but tend to it.
Can't help but feel like I've just picked up a companion or sidekick of some sorts lol. With good care this tree will live for decades, and if lucky beyond me!