Industry News: Litigation

Master bonsai grower calls on thief of 400-year-old tree to water plant

Wednesday, February 20, 2019  
Posted by: Dana Walker

TOKYO — A master bonsai grower whose 400-year-old tree was taken from a garden outside


Tokyo has issued a heartfelt plea for the thief to care for his stolen “child.”

Seiji Iimura, 53, said seven of his bonsai trees worth around $63,000 in total were stolen from his garden in two separate heists last month.

“The bonsai tree that’s 400 years-old, I looked after it as if it were my own child,” said Iimura, a fifth-generation bonsai master whose garden is north of the Japanese capital in Kawaguchi City.

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