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The Japanese word "edanuki" means the removal of unwanted branches, but not just by pulling off the twigs. Edanuki involves cutting off relatively large branches, including those that are sticking out of the trunks. This technique is used to improve the shape and balance of a bonsai tree, as well as to reduce the risk of infection or rotting. Edanuki is different from tanuki, which is a type of bonsai that uses a deadwood piece to create an illusion of age and character.

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