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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Archived from the original PDF on In Jim acquired the tree and restyled it.


This forest is truly inspirational in that it shows incredible balance and flow even from these rare views, offering more than a single visually pleasing view. Next to John’s bonsai, his drawings and sketches speak the loudest of his obvious talent and his great love of trees.

From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Ficus salicifolia originally created by Mayna Hutchinson in So at the formal presentation, he set the styling and supervised three teams to train three trees! He was a driving force in the spread of bonsai appreciation and the practice of bonsai art in the West and elsewhere.

In Maya collection of over 80 of his drawings of how he envisioned the future development of various workshop participants’ trees was published as John Naka’s Sketchbook, edited by Jack Billet and Cheryl Manning.

John Naka – Wikipedia

Naka began working with the first two of the eleven trees that would ultimately make up Goshin jogn Jim asked John to make a sketch of this tree as a cascade, he did, but Jim never made the change.


These books would be translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish by Naka was chosen in jjohn one of thirteen honorees to receive a National Heritage Fellowship[5] the first bonsai artist to receive this prestigious award.

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 anka to try and duplicate today. 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.

He returned to the United States near Boulder, Na,a in ; eventually settling in Los Angeles, California with his wife Alice and their three sons in The bonsai died last year due to hurricane damage. From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Portulacaria afra Jim created inhis first Portulacaria.

John Yoshio Naka

SinceGoshin has repeatedly graced the covers of prominent bonsai magazines. 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. At the International Bonsai Congress, he refined and set a long-term training strategy for the jobn three trees and supervised the potting into unique handmade pots created especially for them by Japan’s master potter Akiji Kataoka of Tokoname’s Yamaaki kiln.

He was an yosbio advisor to the National Bonsai Foundation.

Besides this drawing, a haiku was also included. Asian American Bonsai Sculptor Japanese naia. A bud today becomes a branch tomorrow. Photograph by JCardinal18 on Flickr.

Photographs by Patrick Giacobbe. Retrieved from ” https: Other quotes of his included “Bonsai is not the result: The following photographs naja scans were sent to us by Ed Trout who has the originals from the now defunct Eastman Kodak’s Applied Photography Magazine.


It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina junipers Juniperus chinensisthe earliest of which Naka began training into bonsai in Today it is one of the most widely recognized bonsai in the world. He contributed articles, forewords, and photographs to a number of specialty magazines and books. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. With a heavy heart Yshio learned of John’s passing on May 19, The nska in the background is John Naka’s family crest that he gave a framed copy in gold foil to his disciple students.

John gave Patrick permission to use his image and the print was copyrighted. 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.

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