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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Of Naka’s many works, the most recognizable composition is Goshinwhich means “protector of the spirit. At the time he received his Fellowship, he said, “It has a beginning goshio no end. Jim asked John to make a sketch of this tree as a cascade, he did, but Jim never made the change.

The following photographs and scans were sent to us by Ed Trout who has the originals jon the now defunct Eastman Kodak’s Applied Photography Magazine.

In Orange County, Naka and four friends founded a bonsai club in November ofwhich is known today as the California Bonsai Society. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina junipers Juniperus chinensisthe earliest of which Naka began training into bonsai in From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Portulacaria afra Jim created inhis first Portulacaria.

Jim restyled it last year completely different. John had the gift of not only seeing the future of a tree, but also of being able to dramatically capture his vision on paper. Ficus salicifolia originally created by Mayna Hutchinson in Ficus salicifolia that was created by Jim in AoB usually includes a brief bio of the featured artist at this point, in this case we have decided to forgo the bio, as there is no way we can do justice to this great man by adding anything that would surpass that which already has been done.

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.

He became a very important force in American bonsai art in the s—60s. Goshin first took shape as a forest planting around In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Eastman Kodak’s Applied Photography Magazine.


John Yoshio Naka

The bonsai died last year due to hurricane damage. As always at AoB, the owner of the pictures retains all copyrights and will receive full credit for them. He was an honorary advisor to the National Bonsai Foundation. Articles and photographs of the detailed work of each of the three trees will be in future website articles.

Naka was chosen yohio as one of thirteen honorees to receive a National Heritage Fellowship[5] the first bonsai artist to receive this prestigious award. 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 contributed articles, forewords, and photographs to a number of specialty magazines and books.

Archived from the original on From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Ficus salicifolia that was created by Jim in John Yoshio Naka was a unique individual who set high standards for all of us to try to follow. These books would later be translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. It is little wonder that John Naka is remembered with awe and respect and is often referred to as the father of American Bonsai. We hope you’ll take the time and help us expand this gallery.

Today it is one of the most widely recognized bonsai in the world.

John Naka – Wikipedia

Asian American Bonsai Sculptor Japanese “. Your enjoyment is what is important”; “It must have philosophy, botany, artistry, human quality behind it to be a bonsai”; “The bonsai is not you working on the tree; you have to have the tree work on you”; and “Leave room for the birds to fly through” the branches of your bonsai.

Naka with an honorary citation from the Japanese government for his effort in promotion of goodwill and friendship between Japan and the United States. A few years later, he accepted a Big Island Bonsai Association invitation that included visits to Kona and Waimea bonsai clubs and to view collections.

At each location, he unexpectedly improvised and initiated presentations. These books would be translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish by The bonsai world’s universal admiration galvanized and created 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. He returned to the United States near Boulder, Colorado in ; eventually settling in Los Angeles, California with his wife Alice and their three jogn in Many years later he realized that the photographs he took during that visit showed views of Goshin that are not commonly seen.


TwistedSifter The Best of the visual Web, sifted, sorted and summarized. We first met at the National Bonsai Convention in Pasadena where I saw “Goshin,” his masterwork featuring an American forest with bleached jins that validly interpreted California’s redwood forests.


He soon added three more, to create a seven-tree forest bonsai representing the number of grandchildren he had at the time. It was in the National Bonsai Collection and has since died. From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Ficus salicifolia originally created by Mayna Hutchinson in This 6 page layout featuring John Naka appeared in issue 41, He published two books, entitled Bonsai Techniques I and Bonsai Techniques IItexts that are revered as being the bibles of uoshio bonsai to many artists.

Couple those gifts with his ability to transform these ideas into actual living, artistic bonsai, and you have the stuff legends are made of. In Hilo, when offered choice collected materials, he was excited, wanted to train each in a different way, and just couldn’t choose between them!

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

Scan of drawing submitted by Mike Page. SinceGoshin has repeatedly graced the covers of prominent bonsai magazines. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Next to John’s bonsai, his drawings and sketches speak the loudest of joun obvious talent and his great love of trees.