The word “kazari” in Japanese is “to display.” A tokonoma, typically found in a traditional Japanese home or tea house, is a recess or alcove, often a few inches above floor level, for displaying flowers, art and ornaments. The word alone or used as a suffix as in “Toko-Kazari” means to display in a Tokonoma. The typical display features a harmonious usually seasonal arrangement of a hanging scroll, a bonsai and an accent that may be a complementary smaller plant, stone or sculpture. The art form has many rules and traditions. In the west, we can show our bonsai in the traditional Japanese style or allow more flexibility and display with western flare and themes.