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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On behalf of all who are associated with Fuku-Bonsai, I send deepest sympathies to Alice, his family, and to his closest friends. Scan of drawing submitted by Mike Jonh. Inspired by a forest of Cryptomeria japonica near a shrine in Japan, Naka first combined the four trees he had already developed into a single, 4-foot-tall 1.
Photograph by Sage Ross. The crest in the background is John Naka’s family crest that he gave a framed copy in gold foil to his disciple students. Retrieved from ” https: Masters of Traditional Arts: 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.
He contributed articles, forewords, and photographs to a number of specialty magazines and books. It doesn’t take very long once someone becomes interested in bonsai before they hear of the late John Naka. A horticulturist, teacher, author and master bonsai cultivator, Naka passed away on May 19, It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina junipers Juniperus chinensisthe earliest of which Naka began training into bonsai in Portulacaria afra Jim created inhis first Portulacaria.
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.
These books would be translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish by In Orange County, Naka and four friends founded a bonsai club in November ofwhich is known today as the California Bonsai Society.
He was an honorary advisor to the National Bonsai Foundation and was chosen in as one of thirteen honorees to receive a National Heritage Fellowship, the first bonsai artist to receive the prestigious award. In Orange CountyNaka and four friends founded a bonsai club in November,which is known today as the California Bonsai Society.
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. Prints were made in a limited edition. 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.
So at the formal presentation, he set the styling and supervised three teams to train three trees!
Yoshi by Mike Page. The title refers to the little recognized fact that, yes, even bonsai masters can make a mistake. 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. On November 24, Mr.
SinceGoshin has repeatedly graced the covers of prominent bonsai magazines. Next to John’s bonsai, his drawings and sketches speak the loudest of his obvious talent and his great love of trees. As always at AoB, the owner of the pictures retains all copyrights and will receive full credit for them. He was awarded a Pacific Pioneer Award posthumously. Articles and photographs of the detailed work of each of the three trees will be in future website articles.
The bonsai died last year due to hurricane damage. He set the highest standards of unselfish sharing and the pure love of bonsai for all who follow. Photograph submitted by Ed Trout. InGoshin was displayed at the Philadelphia Flower Show where it was viewed by nearlypeople. 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.
The planting can be seen on display at the National Arboretum.
From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Ficus salicifolia that was created by Jim in I am sure nakw 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.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Besides this drawing, a haiku was also included.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jojn for thirty years and we’ve had many opportunities to work together. He was a driving force in the spread of bonsai appreciation and the practice of bonsai art in the West and elsewhere.
In Jim acquired the tree and restyled it. They are a welcome addition to every artist’s library. He went beyond his bonsai specialty and touched the hearts and souls of people internationally.
Without exception, he was always the gracious statesman. John Yoshio Naka was our beloved American original who achieved excellence in bonsai as an art, craft, hobby, and as a profession. These books would later be translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. With a heavy heart I learned of John’s passing on May 19, 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.
We first met at the National Bonsai Convention in Pasadena where I saw naoa his masterwork featuring an American forest with bleached jins that validly interpreted California’s redwood forests. 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 yoehio the beauty and significance of bonsai culture.
Would you like some more? Although he had considerable bonsai knowledge and skills, they were far exceeded by his love of bonsai and of bonsai people yoshi we’ll joh miss him! Sign up for our daily email and receive the Sifter’s newest posts! We offer this trilogy as a testimonial to the artistic genius of John Naka.