Japanese art scissors for bonsai

Monday 4th October, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*Of course this isn’t about the mere price of the scissors. It’s about the symbiosis of the elite bonsai artist and the elite scissor-maker.

*The bonsai artist points out that these scissors improve his creative morale, and I don’t doubt that they do. I wouldn’t recommend sinking that much financial resources into a creative tool, but if the heritage craft scissor-maker disappears, the heritage-craft bonsai maker is also in trouble. So why not subsidize an artist who takes a week to hand-make scissors? It’s not about the cost, it’s about the Japanese version of a Walter Benjamin aura.