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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It doesn’t take very naaka once someone becomes interested in bonsai before they hear of the late John Naka. 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. They are a welcome addition to every artist’s library.

We offer this trilogy as a testimonial to the artistic genius of John Naka. 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.

Next to John’s bonsai, his drawings and sketches speak the loudest of his obvious talent and his great love of trees.

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. Couple those nzka with his ability to transform these ideas into actual living, artistic bonsai, and you have the stuff legends are made of.

It is little wonder that John Naka is remembered with awe and respect and is often jphn to as the father of American Bonsai.


AoB usually includes a brief bio of the featured artist at this point, in this case johhn 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.


We mean this to yoshii 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.

As always at AoB, the owner of the pictures retains all copyrights and will receive full credit for them. AoB only requests permission to use them in naja gallery.

We hope you’ll take the time and help us expand this gallery. Hillsborough Bonsai Society is no longer in existence. Bob Kato passed away in and is missed greatly by the Bonsai Community.

Photograph by Mike Page. Prints were made in a limited edition. The crest in the background is John Naka’s family crest that he gave a framed copy in gold foil to his disciple students. John gave Patrick permission to use his image and the print was copyrighted.

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Photograph submitted by Ed Trout. A drawing yoshik Mike Page’s California Juniper done at a workshop. Mike still has the tree and greatly values the drawing. Scan of drawing submitted by Mike Page. From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Ficus salicifolia originally created by Mayna Hutchinson in In Jim acquired the tree and restyled it.

From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is of a Ficus salicifolia that was created by Jim in The yoshik died last year due to hurricane damage. 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. Jim asked Jkhn to make a sketch of this tree as a cascade, he did, but Jim never made the change.

It was in the National Bonsai Collection and has since died. In John spent a weekend with Jim’s Study Group, Jim asked him to make a sketch of this bonsai in a new style, he did, but Jim never made the change.

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From the collection of Jim Smith, this sketch is one of the many drawings of bonsai that John made of the members bonsai at Jim’s study group in Besides this drawing, a haiku was also included. Photographs by Patrick Giacobbe.


Taken at the National Arboretum inPatrick was disappointed to naa that Goshin was turned so that the back could receive sunlight at the time of his visit. Many years later he realized that the photographs he took during that visit showed views of Goshin that are not commonly seen.

These photographs and the nala that they were shot at allows us to seen the genius of John Naka at work. This forest is truly inspirational in that it shows incredible balance and flow even from these rare views, offering more than a single visually pleasing view. 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.

This 6 page layout featuring John Haka appeared in issue 41, It would seem that bonsai as an art form was alive and well nohn The method of overlaying Naka’s bonsai creations onto stylized backgrounds using both imaginary creations and actual photographs, gave a dramatic effect that is rare in today’s presentations.

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 ypshio of full scale reality” and used to judge exellence. 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.

Copyright The Art of Bonsai Project. Ficus salicifolia originally created joyn Mayna Hutchinson in Ficus salicifolia that was created by Jim in Portulacaria afra Jim created inhis first Portulacaria.

Eastman Kodak’s Applied Photography Magazine.