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I’m so angry that I want to punch the thieves if they come here again. But more than that, I want the trees returned unharmed because bonsai is a work of art that takes time.

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Yusei Sasaki, 26, the third-generation owner of bonsai grower Gashoen in Mifune, Kumamoto Prefecture. On May 8, 33 bonsai worth 18.8 million yen were stolen from his shop. Police say thefts of bonsai trees have surged around Japan, with the prized plants likely being sold overseas.

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Stealing bonsai is truly twisted.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Decades of work and devotion to cultivating and financial compensation do not create new bonsais.

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Whoever stole these bonsai has deep rooted problems.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

...and is very shallow.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Instant go-to-hell card at the Pearly Gates.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I hope they would be found, but if not, I wish those bonsais will just die in the hands of those who bought them from the thieves.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

What would Mr. Miyagi do?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Man, imagine spending 50 years to grow something and then someone steals it. Poor guy.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

... and it's retarded. Must arrest the growth.

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bonsai is a work of art that takes time.

It sure does.

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Why did someone downvote my second comment? Sheesh!

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Mercy sakes alive!

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Why did someone downvote my second comment? Sheesh!

Well, Patricia, if there is any tiny sense at all among the thin-skinned that you might be poking fun at Japan you will be downvoted. There is a horde that is super-sensitive to criticism and require you to only take the place seriously.

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if there is any tiny sense at all among the thin-skinned that you might be poking fun at Japan you will be downvoted. -2( +2 / -4 )

See?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

How times have changed.

I remember when unscrupulous pet breeders from Japan went overseas to third world countries to pillage exotic pets to sell back in Japan.

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Why did someone downvote my second comment?

I have long suspected, that there are some juveniles on this board, who downvote everything just for fun, it sometimes seems to have no connection to the content of the post. Just ignore..

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