JOHN Y. NAKA   (Aug. 16, 1914 – May 19, 2004)

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John Naka and his signature forest, Goshin,

at the U.S. National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, DC

“Bonsai is not the result: that comes after.  Your enjoyment is what is important.”

“It must have philosophy, botany, artistry, human quality behind it to be a bonsai.”

“The bonsai is not you working on the tree; you have to have the tree work on you.”

“You must have spaces between the branches for the birds to be able to fly through.”

Please see John’s detailed biography,