That is no exaggeration. It is absolutely life changing. The level that these trees are at is just mind boggling. To see it in person. To see what can be achieved. It’s just such a motivating force that has forever raised the bar of what I consider to be quality bonsai.
I’ll admit that at first it was overwhelming. I thought back to my collection and wanted to burn it with the hottest of fires. However, I started interacting with the artists. Everyone is so generous, humble, accepting, and welcoming. You soon realize that all of these trees are made by regular ppl. So the question of how can I ever do this turned into why am I not already doing this. I then recognized that with the help of Mirai and the Mirai community I’m on the right path.
Not to name drop, but here’s a list of ppl I had the fortune to not only meet, but converse with on a peer level. Other Mirai members, the entire Mirai crew, Dave De Groot, assistant curator of the National Bonsai Museum in DC, Rob Pressler, the winner of the classical tree award, student of Dan Robinson, Aarin Packard of the PBM, Young Cho, and so many other incredible ppl. Keep in mind that I’m a shy person, but it was very easy to just walk to someone and introduce myself.
Sorry for rambling, but this was just an experience of a lifetime. I want nothing more than for others to give themselves the opportunity to have the same experience.