Bonsai Beyond The Border– Yuji Yoshimura, A Bonsai Artist Across the Ocean; New York, 1958

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

  On October 12 – November 24, the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Japan presented an Autumn Special Exhibition to commemorate the 10th Anniversary and Sister Museum Partnership with the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington, DC. The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum featured bonsai Pioneer Yuji Yoshimura, second generation bonsai artist from Tokyo who, with the encouragement of his father, left Japan to teach Westerners classical Japanese bonsai. To date, the Japanese bonsai community has not recognized the unique and significant contribution Yuji Yoshimura made to expand the beauty and understanding of bonsai outside Japan. The special exhibition room was the venue for this special exhibit to honor Yuji Yoshimura. Museum curator Dr. Fumiya Taguchi traveled to Rochester, New York in August to gather documents, photos and other historical artifacts for the exhibit from my bonsai reference library. He truly did an exceptional job in organizing and presenting the exhibit.   Yuji Yoshimura’s youngest brother, Kazumasa, and daughter Yoko watching the video. Included in the exhibit was a video of Yuji Yoshimura’s demonstration at a Florida bonsai convention. Yuji Yoshimura’s youngest brother Kazumasa sat and watched as his eldest brother worked his magic teaching and demonstrating bonsai. Probably the only time he saw him with bonsai. Yuji Yoshimura’s two daughters, Yoko from Boston traveled for the exhibit along with her daughter Sasha, and Emi from Tokyo attended the exhibition and my program. In total nine members of the Yoshimura family visited the exhibit and attended my program. My program…

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