BONSAI  BOOK  OF  DAYS

What Happened On This Date in "Recent" Bonsai History?



Compiled by Robert J. Baran





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The following just touches upon a few of the notable events in this field worldwide during the past hundred and fifty years.

Information included but not limited to: birth and/or death dates and places of various teachers and artists and masters and other "shakers and movers," founding dates of clubs and organizations,
opening dates of first conventions and permanent collections, dates of issue for sets of bonsai/penjing postage stamps, dates of first publication for what would become influential magazines and books.

In short and with all modesty, a repository for the highlights of our interest's recent history.
Of course, not all significant events can -- or should -- be traced to one particular day.
Our trees have their own daily, monthly and seasonal cycles and rhythms.

Equally so are the ebbs and flows of the ideas, events and dreams of our propagation, design, display, organization, dissemination, and
other celebrations of the trees' lives and those of the humans connected with them.

This is being continually updated and each day, obviously, can have more than one noteworthy listing.
If you have suggestions, changes or additions, please email  rjb@magiminiland.org

Please note that at least one citation for each date is necessary for inclusion here.


This is a partial "wish-list" for the Bonsai Book of Days.  Please contact us if you have any information for any of the following:

Birthdates and places (and, where applicable, death dates and places) for these masters, teachers, authors, and other persons, among others:

Dr. David Andrews Marybel Balendonck Jack E. Billet
John Catlin (b. early 1930s, Springfield, IL) Peter Chan Chiu-Chian Chiang
Doi Kunitoshi Gordon Duffet Maria Elena de Duran
Mankichi Fujisaki (1875-1959) George Fukuma (1902-1974) Gianfranco Giorgi (Italy)
Norman Haddrick (Canada) Jozan Hirota (b. 1896?, Itoigawa City, Niigata Prefecture) Keiseki Hirotsu (1903, Komatsu, Japan - 1987, California)
Yunhua Hu (b. 1943) Isozaki Tanekichi Ito Hideo
Ito Seizan Kamiya Chiyoji of Senju-en Tei'ichi Katayama (b. 1908)
Kawabe Tetsunoke Kawakami Yoshi Shichinosuke Kawasumi (a.k.a. Masakuni I, 1880-1950)
John Kiktavi (fl. 1949) Nobuichi Koide (d. 1987) Kong Taichu [K'ung T'ai-ch'u]
Masumitsu Kubota Muriel Leeds Lu Xueming
Nick Lenz (b. 1940) Colin S. Lewis (b. 1946) Yasuo Mitsuya
Su Ren (aka Su Jen or So-yan), Buddhist monk from the Haichuang Monastery Pius Notter (Switzerland) Shinobu Nozaki (1895-1968)
Ogata Kyusuke of Rai-en (pre-WWII) Richard K. Ota (b. 1926, Sacramento, CA) Rémy Samson (France)
Ritaro Shimizu Suzuki Taihei (b.1863 or 1865, Ehime prefecture) Suzuki Toshinori
Tanaka Hirobumi (pre-WWII) Keiko Yamane Tak Yamaura (b. 1944, Nagasaki)

Zhu Zi'an

Official organization dates, places, first officers, first show, founding and current number of members of these organizations, among others:

Bonsai Club Brno (1981, Czech Republic) Bonsai-Club Deutchland
Bonsai Group of Japan Society of London (1961) Bonsai Society of Australia (Aug. 1965)
Bonsai Society of Greater New York (1963) Bonsai Society of South Africa

European Bonsai Association (1980)
European Suiseki Association (May 1992) Federation of British Bonsai Societies (1981)
Hawaii Bonsai Association (1972) Honolulu Bonsai Kenkyu Club (1955)
Indian Bonsai Association (1972) Kusamura Bonsai Club (1960)
Nippon Suiseki Association (May 1961) Seinan Bonsai Club (1961, later Nampu Kai)
Swiss Bonsai Club Toronto Bonsai Society (1963)
Western Suburbs Bonsai Group West Los Angeles Bonsai Club (1939?)

First publication dates and places for these publications:

Bonsai Techniques (1973) by John Y. Naka
Bonsai -- Dwarf Potted Trees (October 1953, BBG)
The Bonsai Workshop (1994) by Herb L. Gustafson
Dwarf Trees (Bonsai) (1940) by Shinobu Nozaki
Bonsai: Its Art, Science, History, and Philosophy (1984) by Deborah R. Koreshoff
Bonsai Sekai (Bonsai World) (May 1970, monthly)
Kindai Bonsai (Contemporary Bonsai) (1977, monthly)
International Bonsai (Feb. 1979, quarterly)
Bonsai Today (May/June 1989, bimonthly)

First show date and place and background details for:

Frank Nagata Memorial Winter Silhouettes Show (1970?)
Asia Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition
Ben Oki International Design Award (1991)

Official opening dates of the bonsai collections at these locations:

Arnold Arboretum Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Dawes Arboretum (1960)
Longwood Gardens, PA (1959)
Montreal Botanical Garden

Official opening dates for these establishments:

Dallas Bonsai Garden (1965)

Also to answer these questions:

Per www.bonsaisa.co.za/docs/wbfforigin.pdf, Itsuzo Okamura was a NBA board member in the 1987 WBFF Preparatory Committee.  Per our Bonsai Book of Days entry for Aug 27, Itsuzo Okamura of Ichiraku-en established the Japanese Suiseki Association, along with Keiji Murata of Koki-en and Toshiji Yoshimura of Kofu-en.  A recent entry for Jun 5 states that Nobutaka Sakuma (b.1951) served his apprenticeship during the early 1970s at the Ichi Raku-en garden of Kazuichi Kokubo.  Are these the same Ichiraku-en and, if so, what is the relationship of Okamura to Kokubo?


as of November 25, 2017

Month
Eventful Days
% of Month
# of Events
January
21
67.7
47
February
18
62.1
34
March
24
77.4
51
April
23
76.7
52
May
21
67.7
55
June
18
60.0
29
July
22
71.0
43
August
16
51.6
31
September
22
73.3
44
October
22
71.0
43
November
24
80.0
49
December
21
67.7
34
TOTALS
252
68.9
512


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