When a 400-year rare old Japanese bonsai tree was stolen, the bonsai master gave out instructions on how the thief could care for the plant so it doesn’t die, as he felt it was his child.

Bonsai thief steals $118,000 of tiny trees from garden, including 400-year-old juniper

Hong Kong (CNN)A bonsai thief has stolen seven tiny trees worth at least 13 million yen ($118,000) from a garden space in Saitama prefecture near Tokyo.

The loot included a rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, a star of the bonsai world, which was due to be entered in a Japanese beauty competition this month.

The prize shimpaku alone was worth over 10 million yen ($90,000), according to Fuyumi Iimura, wife of the bonsai master who crafted the trees.

“We treated these miniature trees like our children,” she said. “There are no words to describe how we feel. It’s like having your limbs lopped off.”

Iimura added that those responsible for the thefts, committed over a series of nights last month, were likely professionals, as they h… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

6 thoughts on “When a 400-year rare old Japanese bonsai tree was stolen, the bonsai master gave out instructions on how the thief could care for the plant so it doesn’t die, as he felt it was his child.”

  1. zomboromcom

    I fully expected the bonzai master to find the thief and prune a couple of limbs.

  2. thedifferenceisnt

    His child that’s also older than him

  3. Thedrunner2

    Explains the slew of police cars in front of Larusso autos earlier.

    Actually, they were there investigating yet another massive karate fight involving local teens.

  4. wilhelm-cruel

    How many peoples child this tree must have been

  5. yeppp456

    Crying inside for this man who lost his bonsai

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