John Naka is well known throughout the Bonsai community across the globe. His books and writings reveals knowledge from basic to advance for enthusiast to. More by John Yoshio Naka. Bonsai Techniques One. John Yoshio Naka. Bonsai Techniques II. John Yoshio Naka. Top of Page. My Account · Billing · Shipping. The Bonsai Clubs International’s BONSAI MAGAZINE; September-October ; Volume 42, Number 5 honored America’s premier master bonsai teacher John.

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National Endowment for the Arts. So at the formal presentation, he set the styling and supervised three teams to train three trees! Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in for display at the United States National Arboretum and it has been there ever hoshio. At each location, he unexpectedly improvised and initiated presentations. Ours was just one of countless honors.

It would seem that bonsai as an art form was alive and well in The Los Angeles Times. Masters of Traditional Arts: He was America’s first great bonsai professional who emerged out of the bigotry of World War II to help create a more peaceful world. This 6 page layout featuring John Naka appeared in issue 41, At the International Bonsai Congress, he refined and set a long-term training strategy for the same three trees and supervised the potting into unique handmade pots created especially for joh by Japan’s master potter Akiji Kataoka of Tokoname’s Yamaaki kiln.

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The ylshio died last year due to hurricane damage. A very few of his many accomplishments are the following: Bob Kato passed away in and is missed greatly by the Bonsai Community. This extraordinary generation helped bonsai to survive the traumas of World War II, nurtured its regrowth, and dedicated it as a vehicle for international friendship and peace.

InGoshin was displayed at the Philadelphia Flower Show where it was viewed by nearlypeople. A drawing of Mike Page’s California Juniper done at a workshop. He was a driving force in the spread of bonsai appreciation and the practice of bonsai art in the West and elsewhere. This page was last edited on 7 Juneat These books naia be translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish by Scan of drawing submitted by Mike Page.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He became an important force in American bonsai art in the s and 60s and played a prominent role in the spread of Bonsai appreciation and art internationally. The bonsai world’s universal admiration galvanized and jonh the John Naka American Bonsai Pavillion that became the centerpiece and the catalyst that is now the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum in Washington D.

His books “Bonsai Techniques I and II” are likely the most recommended books in the art, not only to beginners but also to the more advanced artists that somehow missed reading them. Naka was chosen in as one of thirteen honorees to receive a National Heritage Fellowship[5] the first bonsai artist to receive this prestigious award.

These books would later be translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. On November 24, Mr. Photograph by JCardinal18 on Flickr. We hope you’ll take the time and help us expand this gallery.

He published two books, entitled Bonsai Techniques I and Bonsai Techniques IItexts that are revered as being the bibles of western bonsai to many artists. Photograph submitted by Ed Trout. Besides this drawing, a haiku was also included. I am sure we will all agree that the results of this experiement shows excellence and as such reintroduces us to a method of photographing bonsai that we would do well to try and duplicate today.

With a heavy heart I learned of John’s passing on May 19, John Yoshio Naka was a unique individual who set high standards for all of us to try to follow. In Orange County, Naka and four friends founded a bonsai club in November ofwhich is known today as the California Bonsai Society. The following photographs and scans were sent to us by Ed Trout who has the originals from the now defunct Eastman Kodak’s Applied Photography Magazine.

Without exception, he was always the gracious statesman.

The Art of Bonsai Project – Feature Gallery: A Tribute to John Yoshio Naka

It was in the National Bonsai Collection and has since died. Of Naka’s many works, the most recognizable composition is Goshinwhich means “protector of the spirit. Other quotes of his included “Bonsai is not the result: He soon added three more, to anka a seven-tree forest bonsai representing the number jlhn grandchildren he had at the time.


Jim restyled it last year completely different. From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is one of the many drawings of bonsai that John made of the members bonsai at Jim’s study group in It doesn’t take very long once someone becomes interested in bonsai before they hear of the late John Naka. We mean this to be a dynamic gallery in which those who view it can add any content that they may have by John Naka, be it scans of his drawings, photographs of his bonsai, or photographs of John himself, simply by emailing them, with your name and a brief history of the drawing or drawings, to will jobn.

Originally conceived as three separate galleries sorted by drawings, bonsai, and photographs of John, we later decided not to divide or classify the submitted photographs into different galleries, but instead to offer them together, in a single gallery as an in depth exploration into his genius.

Yozhio with an honorary citation from the Japanese government for his effort yoahio promotion of goodwill and friendship between Japan and the United States.

John Yoshio Naka

He contributed articles, forewords, and photographs to a number of specialty magazines and books. He was born a Nisei Japanese-Americanbut at age 8 moved back to his parents’ home country, where he extensively studied the art of bonsai due to his grandfather’s influence. The last page states that one definition of bonsai can be proved photographically by cropping the pot out of the picture and what is left should be the “illusion of full scale reality” and used to judge exellence.

In the years that followed, John’s skills, activities, and fame grew as he developed into an influential leader jaka traveled throughout the world sharing both the technical and philosophical aspects of bonsai.