How to Select the Best Japanese Tokoname Bonsai Pots for Your Home


Pottery has always been a basis for the existence of Japanese tradition. For over years, many people have supported this profession and the traditional pottery craftsmanship stretches way back to 1000 years. However, pottery like other professions has also evolved and continues to do so. This is what is called Tokoname and every bonsai master knows it. So, if you have a flair for the bonsai plant, then you must have a collection of Japanese tokonoma bonsai pots in your home. However, selecting an authentic bonsai pot might be a little tricky job. So, this guide will help you in finding the perfect batch for your home that not only will help your plants to grow but also add the décor aspect to your adobe.

Tokoname – the origin

As already mentioned, Japanese Tokoname bonsai pots have been a part of Japanese culture but producing ceramics is not the only reason why you should purchase these pots. There is more than just pottery involved in creating these amazing tubs. Most of the products require artistry skills and even intricate details. The clay that is used to make the vessels is the reason behind this arty bonsai pots. The clay is vitrified at a lower temperature as opposed to the other clays that are fired at a higher temperature. The clay is found in the hilly land of the Tokoname area, which means “always smooth”. There are so many shapes and sizes of these bonsai tubs that are available in the market and it confuses people regarding which one to purchase. But you should not worry as we are here to help you out.

Japanese Tokoname Bonsai Pots
Japanese Tokoname Bonsai Pots

How to select Japanese Tokoname Bonsai Pots

Japanese Tokoname Bonsai pots come in different sizes and shapes but every pot has different water retaining capacity based on the type and amount of clay used. Usually, you can determine the clay quantity by touching them but if you are ordering online, then you need to be careful.

So, here are a few simple tricks that can help you in finding the perfect pot for your bonsai:

  • A basic rule of thumb while purchasing a bonsai pot is to select a tub whose depth is equal to the desired trunk diameter, just above the soil.
  • The depth of a pot also depends on the depth of the root. Most of the bonsai plants have short roots while a few can have extended roots. So, if you want to purchase a pot with low depth, and the plant has extended root, then you will see roots coming out of the soil, which may afterward create cracks in the clay pot.
  • For small plants, you can purchase Shohin bonsai pots made from the same clay. However, the dimensions of te tub will be small and mostly in rectangular or cask shape. This shape provides better stability and good hold on the soil. This will prevent your bonsai from toppling while growing.
  • The small round saucer shape tubs add a very aesthetic look on your center table and small plants.
  • The Bigei Japanese Tokoname bonsai pots look good at the entrance of your house or in open spaces.
  • Many vessels can be hanged from the ceiling adding beauty and charm to your abode.

Checklist for online purchases

Japanese Tokoname Bonsai pots are available in the online market also and you will find plenty of artistic excellence while browsing through the list. However, do make sure that you have a checklist beforehand while purchasing online.

  • Make sure you know about your bonsai plant very well. You should know how much it can grow and the depth of the root.
  • You need to make a note of where you want to place it, whether near the entrance, in the balcony, on your study table, on the windowpane, or hang from the ceiling.
  • Based on the place of installation, you need to choose a color and design that matches décor.
  • Get as many details about the pot on the website before purchasing. You can go through reviews, features, and may also speak with your bonsai master.

Now, these are some points to remember but as we said, the list is limitless. The more you research, the more you will be able to get the perfect pot for yourself.