| "Five Years in Japan" by D.B. Simmons (1868) includes these
The smallest plot of ground in front or rear of their dwellings, by their admirable skill and taste in ornamental gardening, is often transformed into a marvel of beauty -- everything is in miniature; a whole landscape will sometimes be fashionable, with wonderful accuracy, in an inconceivably small compass. The Japanese are passionately fond of flowers, and the dwarfing of trees and shrubs is carried by them to great perfection. 1
1 Simmons, D.B. "Five Years in Japan," in The Galaxy, Vol. 5, Issue 5, May 1868, pg.