Sponsor Feature: Bonsai Mirai

Mirai is a premier full-service American bonsai nursery and school located just outside of Portland, Oregon. The secluded garden and facilities are overseen and operated by Bonsai Professional Ryan Neil and his wife, Chelsea. Through his rigorous six-year apprenticeship under world-renowned Bonsai Master Mr. Masahiko Kimura (of Saitama prefecture, Japan), Ryan obtained a deep and refined knowledge of the history, practice and art of bonsai. With an honest approach and American innovation, Ryan and Chelsea are now pushing the limits of what bonsai can be.

COMPANY NAME
Bonsai Mirai

PRODUCT/SERVICE
We create high-end, finished bonsai trees; we curate public and private bonsai collections; and we educate the most dedicated bonsai practitioners in the world.

COMPANY SLOGAN OR MOTTO
Mirai — Pioneers of American Bonsai

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Close to Portland, OR

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR LINE OF WORK?
Ryan’s practiced bonsai since he was 14 years old. He conceptualized Mirai to be the resource that he always wished for as a young bonsai enthusiast. It is an incubator where the most innovative, highly-skilled bonsai is being created. It is also an educational resource for the most dedicated individuals who, regardless of whether they’ve practiced bonsai for 2 months or 20 years, are willing to start from the ground up to build a solid foundation of horticultural knowledge, design savvy, and technical proficiency.  

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH YOUR BUSINESS CURRENTLY THAT EXCITES YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR WORK?
The Artisans Cup is the most exciting outgrowth of Mirai that we’re currently focused on. After The Cup, we’ll shift our attention to other endeavors that will continue to innovate the practice of American Bonsai. Stay tuned!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO SPONSOR THE ARTISANS CUP?
We’re not only sponsoring The Artisans Cup, it’s our brainchild! 

WHY SHOULD PEOPLE CARE ABOUT AMERICAN BONSAI? 
We are all looking for some way to slow down and reconnect, with each other, with the earth. Bonsai forces you to be patient, to slow down to the pace of the trees. Bonsai is an art form that entices us to reflect on and foster our symbiotic relationship with the natural world. It is also a generational practice that transcends the boundaries of time and culture.