As defined by Choi, the Taraki-Style Mossarium is a combination of his hobbies: a) the art of bonsai and penjing, b) rock collecting, c) his love for mosses, and d) creating mossariums.
Taraki-Style by principle is composed of two parts: “Mundo” or the Micro World – the landscape of rocks and driftwoods (hardscape), moss (flora), and springtails (fauna); and “Kahon” for the enclosure. The “mundo” is independent from the “kahon” because even if you take out the “mundo” it can still function independently and its ecosystem is still considered intact. The primary purpose of the “kahon” in this concept is merely for protection and to conserve the moisture, rather than an anchor as opposed to the traditional terrarium principle.
To Choi, this idea came from his initial hobby of doing mossariums. While the common practice of doing mossariums include a false bottom, planting media, and rocks and driftwoods as hardscapes, Choi got rid of the planting media for his designs. Instead, he made use of rocks as the focus and moss as an accessory contrary to the common practice of rocks as accessories and moss as the focus. He also mentioned that with this design, you don’t have to plan for he landscape because the rocks will already provide it for you, naturally. You only have to add the moss in the strategic places to mimic the natural set-up and to provide aesthetics and design. Driftwoods is also optional, only if it compliments the design and the ratio to the entire piece. His first masterpiece for the Taraki-Style was “A Giant’s Tooth” which is reminiscent of the floating islands in the film Avatar. The design was made with the “mundo” suspended inside a tall cylinder glass, which gives an illusion of a floating island. This was the first Taraki-Style Mossarium.