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Thief Steals 400-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Worth $90,000 Out Of Japanese Garden

JAPAN – A thief or group of thieves has stolen $118,000 worth of bonsai trees including a prized 400-year-old Shimpaku tree from a bonsai master’s garden near Tokyo, Japan.

Seiji Iimura’s family has been creating and tending bonsai trees for five generations, but now his giant bonsai garden is missing some of its most expensive trees, reported CNN Monday.

The 400-year-old tree is worth roughly $90,000 and was set to be entered in a “beauty competition” in February.

“We treated these miniature trees like our children,” Fuyumi Iimura, wife of Seiji Iimura, said according to CNN. “There are no words to describe how we feel. It’s like having your limbs lopped off.”


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The stolen bonsais could be sold for a “small fortune” on the black market and may end up in Europe, according to CNN.

Someone stole $118,000 worth of bonsai trees from a garden in Japan, including a rare 400-year-old juniper https://t.co/CocrSS05Dm pic.twitter.com/vpM9eJUicO— CNN (@CNN) February 11, 2019

The bonsai thief or thieves made off with three Goyomatsus, or miniature pine trees, three Shimpakus, or rare juniper trees, and the prized 3-foot Shimpaku. The thief took the “most valuable trees” in the couple’s 3,000-tree garden, reported CNN.

Shimpakus are especially hard to find because they are hard to obtain — they grow on dangerous cliffsides and are slowly shrunk down to miniature form by bonsai masters.

Bonsai means “planted in a container” in Japanese.

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