The Japanese couple went to social media to ask ordinary criminals to thieves who stole seven of their bonsai trees: take care of our "children."
Seiji Iimura and his wife Fuyumi said that miniature trees were taken last month from their garden in Saitama, near Tokyo.
"There are no words describing how we think," wrote in a Facebook message. "They were expensive."
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Trees were about $ 90,000 and included Shimpaku Juniper, 400 years ̵
"Bonsai is like our children," said Fuyumi Iimura. “They are our children, living for 400 years. Now I feel that our limbs have been taken and spent every day.
The couple asked thieves to wash the trees and return them. Bonsai trees are often associated with Japan and are considered an art form based on specific cultivation methods, as the BBC says. Miniature plants grow in tanks and need specialist care
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Police are now investigating theft but have not been able to throw away the thieves so far.
"We are sad and unwilling, but we will continue to defend Bonsai." Fuyumi Iimura wrote on Facebook. "Meanwhile, we will continue to grow trees worthy of praise."