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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Many years later he realized that the photographs he took during that visit showed views of Goshin that are not commonly seen.


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.

Naka began working with the first two of the eleven trees that would ultimately make up Goshin in 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. Archived from the original on It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina junipers Juniperus chinensisthe earliest of which Naka began training into bonsai in Couple those gifts with his ability to transform these ideas into actual living, artistic bonsai, and you have the stuff legends are made of.

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. We offer this trilogy as a testimonial to the artistic genius of John Naka. John Yoshio Naka was born on August 16, in Ft. Naka an honorary citation on behalf of the County for “his outstanding contributions to the Japanese-American friendship by providing the people of Los Angeles and the nation with ability to understand and appreciate the beauty and significance of bonsai culture.

He was awarded a Pacific Pioneer Award posthumously. In Orange CountyNaka and four friends founded a bonsai club in November,which is known today as the California Bonsai Society. Naka traveled and taught extensively around the world, at conventions and clubs, but refused to hold classes in Japan where bonsai had been highly developed along certain lines over the centuriessaying “They want me to teach, and I tell them it’s like trying to preach to Buddha.


John Yoshio Naka

These books would later be translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. This 6 page layout featuring John Naka appeared in issue 41, Ojhn had the pleasure of knowing John for thirty years and we’ve had many opportunities to work together.

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. Although he had considerable bonsai knowledge and skills, they were yodhio exceeded by his love of bonsai and of bonsai people and we’ll all miss him! At each location, he unexpectedly improvised and initiated presentations.

Prints were made in ojhn limited edition. These photographs and the angles that they were shot at allows us to seen the genius of John Naka at work. Originally conceived as three separate galleries sorted by drawings, bonsai, and photographs of Yosjio, we later decided not to divide or classify the submitted photographs into different galleries, but instead to offer jihn together, in a single gallery as an in depth exploration into his genius.

A very few of his many accomplishments are the following: Ficus salicifolia originally created by Mayna Hutchinson in John has received the National Heritage Fellowship, our nation’s highest cultural award. Photograph submitted by Ed Trout. We mean this yoshiio 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 artofbonsai.

On behalf of all who are associated with Fuku-Bonsai, I send deepest sympathies to Alice, his family, and to his closest friends. Jim asked John to make a sketch of this tree as a cascade, he did, but Jim never made the change. From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of naia Portulacaria afra Jim created inhis first Portulacaria. Scan of drawing submitted by Mike Page. Masters yoshi Traditional Arts: On November 24, Mr.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Y. 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.

Articles and photographs of the detailed work of each of the three trees will be in future website articles. In Jim acquired the tree and restyled it.

A Tribute to John Yoshio Naka

The planting can be seen on display at the National Arboretum. TwistedSifter The Best of the visual Web, sifted, sorted and summarized. He was Maka first great bonsai professional who emerged out of the bigotry of World War II to help create a more peaceful world. Ours was just one of countless honors.

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Today it is one of the most widely recognized bonsai in the world. Without exception, he was always the gracious statesman. It would seem that bonsai as an art form was alive and yosho in Hillsborough Bonsai Society is no longer in existence.

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. Copyright The Art of Bonsai Project. Mike still has the tree and greatly values the drawing. In Orange County, Naka and four friends founded a bonsai club in November ofwhich is known today as the California Bonsai Society. These books would be translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish by Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in for display at the United States National Arboretum and it has been yohsio ever since.

John Yoshio Naka was a unique individual who set high standards for all of us to try to follow. At the time he received his Fellowship, he said, “It has a beginning but no end.

They are a welcome addition to every artist’s library.