BONSAI  AND  OTHER
MAGICAL  MINIATURE  LANDSCAPE
SPECIALTY  MAGAZINES,   PART II


This is an ongoing compilation gathered from assorted books, articles, magazines, Web sites, correspondence, the Library of Congress, Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, and The Standard Periodical Directory

Thanks, so far, to Margaret Berthelsen, Marco Favero, Fábio Noronha, Nikunj Parekh, René Rooswinkel, Stefan Sandstrom, Michel Vitrat, and Zillah Willmott for their specific assistance.

If you have any corrections, updates or additions, please e-mail rjb@magiminiland.org


This Page Last Updated: May 29, 2016



ARGENTINA   AUSTRALIA BRAZIL
NETHERLANDS   + / / /

 

On-Line Bonsai Magazines +

Club Newsletters On-Line

Some Representative Magazine Covers






JAPAN

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Aiseki no Tomo Japanese   Tokyo   c.1983  
Monthly; 98 pages (8 in color); "Friends of Stone Lovers"/"Suiseki Collectors' Companion"


Bonsai Japanese   Norio Kobayashi (518 consecutive issues) c.1921 October 1967
Monthly; the most influential magazine on the topic for half a century


Bonsai Gaho Japanese Tokyo   1906 c.1913?
Monthly


Bonsai Joho Japanese Kindai Shuppan   March 1984  
Monthly; 80 pages (32 in color); "Bonsai Information"


Bonsai Sekai Japanese Tokyo: Juseki Publications; Shinkikakusha ('84) Keiji Murata (1970 through late 1970s);
Hajime Nakayama (1984 -pre-1991);
Yoshio Horii (c.1991-)
May 1970 ;
November 1984
June 1984 ;
Monthly; 162 pages (72 in color); "Bonsai World" ; Quarterly in English? 24 pp (8 in color) starting Autumn 1980; Chinese edition in Taiwan bimonthly 1987 and monthly starting in Jan. 1990


Bonsai Shunju Japanese Nippon Bonsai Kyokai Fusazo Takeyama (to Feb. 1979); Kazuya Morita (1980-88); Shinji Ogasawara (1989 -)    
Monthly


Juseki Japanese Tokyo: Juseki-sha Keiji Murata 1968? May 1970 
Monthly; bonsai, suiseki and related hobbies; renamed and reformated as Bonsai Sekai (see above)


Kindai Bonsai  Japanese Kyoto: Kindai Shuppan Katsuhito Onishi c.1938 ;
1977
 ? ;
Monthly; 167 pages (72 in color); "Contemporary Bonsai"


Sanyasou & Mini-bonsai Japanese Kyoto: Kindai Shuppan   c.1998  
Bimonthly; "Wild Grass and Mini Bonsai"


Satsuki Bonsai Japanese Kyoto: Kindai Shuppan     1984
Monthly; 144 pages (64 in color); "Satsuki (Azalea) Bonsai"


Satsuki Kenkyu Japanese Gekkan Satsuki Kenkyusha Masaaki Kosugi 1970  
Monthly; 162 pages (72 in color); "Satsuki Research"; 10,000 circulation (1986)


Shizen to Bonsai Japanese Sanyusha Company, Ltd. Akira Shimizu 1970  
Monthly; 160 pages (8 in color); "Nature and Bonsai"


Shumi no Sanyaso   Kenko Rokkaku   1979  
Monthly; "Wild Flowers and Alpine Plants"; originally quarterly "Bonsai and Wild Flowers", changed to current 1980; 100,000 circulation (1986)

 

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KOREA

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Punjae susok Korean Soul-si: Punjae Susoksa
1983
LCC #85648528
"We have 3 monthly magazines for suseok [stone] collectors only and several magazines for bonsai (Punjae in Korean pronunciation) and suseok."  per http://members.xoom.it/youngseok/collect.htm

 

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LUXEMBOURG

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Suiseki Journal English European Suiseki Association Norry Kirschten,
Ettelbruck
   
Quarterly

 

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NETHERLANDS

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Bonsai Europe English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish editions
René Rooswinkel, Smithfield Publishing, Netherlands Colin Lewis (1989-1998)
Farrand Bloch (1998-2007)
April 1989,
Summer 2000
May/June 2007, issue #86
Bi-monthly; "The Magazine for Bonsai-lovers"; 52 full colour pages.

To fulfil the needs and wishes of both English speaking and Dutch readers, this and the Dutch magazine Het Bonsai Blad (below) decided, in the summer of 2000, to collaborate in a joint publication. A European spirit prevailed, and was reflected by our editorial staff and authors: with names like Ann Scutcher, Dan Barton, Colin Lewis, Bill Jordan, Michelle Andolfo and many others enhancing the pages.  Name changed from Bonsai on Jan.1, 2002 (issue 54).  Over 12,000 copies to over 45 countries worldwide.  The Dutch language edition was released in the summer of 2000 with Hein Dik Barentsen as its editor; the French language edition in Spring 2002 with Michel Sacal; the German edition in May 2003 with Krista Leach; and the Italian lagnuage edition with Massimo Soranzio.  Merged with Bonsai Today in 2007 to become Bonsai Focus.



Bonsai Focus   +
/ / /
English, American, Dutch, French, German, and Italian editions
René Rooswinkel
BE Publications, Netherlands
Farrand Bloch (2007-     ) July/August 2007  
Bi-monthly; 132 full colour pages; available in 54 countries; in co-operation with Kinbon (Kindai Bonsai) Magazine, Japan; 17,500 circulation (2008).  Began with the merging of Bonsai Today with Bonsai Europe2007-2010 Index.



Het Bonsai Blad Dutch
Miquel Rubio (1994-1998) Farrand Bloch with René Rooswinkel (1998-2000) 1994 Summer 2000

To fulfill the needs and wishes of both English-speaking and Dutch readers, merged with UK Bonsai in 2000.



 

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NEW ZEALAND

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Bonsai Times
English Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Bonsai Association

2007
Quarterly.  ISSN 1177-7761.  Part of subscription to the NZBA.  Upgrade of the Association's Newsletter which had been published since 1998.

 

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SLOVAKIA

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Bonsai a Čai   Slovak Nitra: Bonsai Centrum Nitra

2004?
"Bonsai and Tea"

 

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SOUTH AFRICA

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
South African Bonsai Magazine
English South African Bonsai Association Strand, S.A.

2003?
Quarterly

 

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SPAIN

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Bonsai Actual Spanish Valencia: Croma Press, S.A.      
Bimonthly; translation of Kindai Bonsai


Bonsai Autóctono Spanish Valencia: Neagari Press, SCP Jorge Penalba 1993  
Bimonthly.  ISSN 1138-3518.  The Spanish version of  Bonsai Europe.


Bonsái Pasión   Spanish Mistral Bonsai S.L. Carlos Tramujas 2002?  
Bimonthly, 68 pp.  Downloadable with a subscription.

 

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SWEDEN

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
BonsaiBladet Swedish     pre-1996  
Quarterly

 

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SWITZERLAND

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Natur und Mensch German Boswil: Pius Notter   1st Quarter 1997
 
Bonsai, Suiseki, and Japanese Gardens

 

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UNITED KINGDOM

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
The Art of Bonsai English Freestyle Publications Courtney Freedman (1997, by at least issue #5)
Rachel Darke (1997, issue #1)
1997 (at least 43 issues through Sept 2000)
Ten issues per year.  In its time, "The UK's best selling bonsai magazine."  "incorporating Japanese Gardens."


Bonsai UK English Cambridge: Smithfield Publishing Ltd. Ann Skutcher    
Quarterly.  Merged with Bonsai Europe?


Suiseki, The Journal of Stone Appreciation English The British Suiseki Society Joe Davies   1996
 

 

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UNITED STATES

TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE
Bonsai Journal English American Bonsai Society Bob King
(2005-present)
Spring 1967  
Quarterly; 46 pp; 1,400 circ (Ulrich's, 2004); ISSN 0149-9726


Bonsai Bulletin English Bonsai Society of Greater New York
1963
Quarterly; 20 pages.  Issues from 1963 to 1994 available on DVD. Apparently replaced by monthly BSGNY Newsletter.


Bonsai Magazine English Metairie, LA: Bonsai Clubs International Joe Grande (2011-present) November 1962  
Quarterly; 48 pp.; 2,800 circ (Ulrich's, 2004); ISSN 1068-6193; Bonsai Clubs Association "Newsletter " (1962-2 issues, 1963-9 issues) renamed in 1964 to Bonsai Newsletter (1964-7 issues, 1965-8 issues, 1966-10 issues) renamed in 1966 to Bonsai: Magazine of Bonsai & Japanese Gardens (10 issues per year) renamed in 1970 to Bonsai: Magazine of Bonsai, Japanese Gardens, Saikei & Suiseki (10 issues per year) renamed in 1979 to Bonsai International: Magazine of Bonsai, Japanese Gardens, Saikei & Suiseki (10 issues per year) renamed in 1981 to Bonsai Clubs International (1981 through 1983-10 issues per year, 1984 on-6 issues per year) renamed in 1993 to Bonsai Magazine: The Official Publication of Bonsai Clubs International ; bimonthly, then changed to quarterly at beginning of 2004. Renamed in 2007 to Bonsai & Stone Appreciation Magazine.


Bonsai Solo English Madison, WI: Barry Press Kate Adams (ed.) 1995  1995
Quarterly; 48 pages; "A global showcase of artists' solo performances."  Four issues only were produced.  A series of tragedies occured in Peter and Kate's personal life, as well as some difficulties locating a printing company that had reasonable rates.


Bonsai Today English Stone Lantern Publications W. John Palmer (1989-Fall 2001)
Wayne Schoech (Fall 2001-Spring 2007)
May/June 1989 Spring 2007, issue #108
Bimonthly; 76 pp.; 8,300 circ (Ulrich's, 2004); ISSN 1044-2529; some photographs and translated articles from Japan's Kindai Bonsai.  Merged with Bonsai Europe to become Bonsai Focus.


International Bonsai English Rochester, NY: The International Bonsai Arboretum William N. Valavanis, pub. & ed. February 1979  
Quarterly; 34-62 pp; 5,000 circ (Ulrich's 2004); ISSN 0198-9561; "first English language independent bonsai magazine"; some translated reprints from Japanese


Waiting to be Discovered English Broomall, PA: The North American Viewing Stone Society   1996 2000?
Quarterly


World Tropical Bonsai Forum English Miami, FL Christine Rojas 1989 1993
Quarterly; 2,500 circulation at peak; forced out of business due to Hurricane Andrew damage

 

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ON-LINE BONSAI MAGAZINES


TITLE
LANGUAGE
PUBLISHER
EDITOR(S)
START DATE
END DATE

 
Bonsai & Suiseki   Italian Antonio Ricchiari Carlo Scafuri Jan. 2009
"THE FIRST OPEN-MAGAZINE from the world of Bonsai and Suiseki."  Eleven issues per year; 100+ pp.


The Bonsai Enthusiast English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Nakatsukuni Bonsai Andy Rutledge, Lewisville, TX 2001 2002
Quarterly; merged with Bonsai Today magazine at year's end.


Bonsai Online Magazine English Ichiban Publishing, Chardon, OH
Jan. 15, 2001 <2009?
Bimonthly; by subscription only ; for IBM compatible machines only, or CDs by mail six times per year.  The first online bonsai magazine, a collaboration of world wide effort by people from Korea, Japan, Europe, and the U.S.


Bonsai in South Africa English/Afrikaans
Caroll Dewar Hermann Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Dec 2014
Bimonthly; 8-19 pp.  Due to Caroll's PhD work (in Bonsai Philosophy), the related project within prisons and her first paper on the benefits of bonsai in mental health presented before a conference in Japan, she is changing her focus to occasional blogging.


Bonsai Today Online English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Andy Rutledge, Lewisville, TX 2002 2004
Merger of The Bonsai Enthusiast with Bonsai Today magazine at year end.  At irregular intervals; by subscription only.  Was replaced for a while by the weblog http://www.bonsaivillage.net/index.php.


The Bonsai Wire
English Dai-ichi Bonsai, U.K. Bob Thompson 2001? <2009?
The title and URL address was changed in 2004 from Wired Online Bonsai Magazine.
Bimonthly; by subscription only ; for IBM compatible machines only, or CDs by mail six times per year.  The first online bonsai magazine, a collaboration of world wide effort by people from Korea, Japan, Europe, and the U.S.


Golden Statements English Golden State Bonsai Federation, Sacramento, CA George Haas, 2011-present
Kathleen O'Donnell, 2008-2010
On-line since at least Mar/Apr 2008 2012
Bimonthly.  40 pp.  Now available as a print subscription only.


Gulf Stream Tropical Bonsai Journal English Gulfstream Bonsai Association, Inc., Atlantis, FL Richard Miller Autumn 2007 Dec 2010
Quarterly; 52 pp.  ISSN 1938-5153.  Now available as a print subscription only.
Bimonthly.  Approx. 36 pp.

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