Memories of Ben Oki from Phoenix Bonsai Members:

For many years, club members Carol and Ken Roberts hosted and chauffeured Ben Oki whenever he came to Phoenix.


Ben Oki was “our” Sensei!  He guided our club and helped us become what it is today.  He would come join us every year for a workshop and to share his wisdom and philosophy of bonsai as only a Master could.  For many years, Ben Oki was the Curator of the amazing Bonsai Exhibit at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.   With Ben Oki’s support and guidance, the Phoenix Bonsai Society became a member of GSBF, the Golden State Bonsai Federation.   Ben Oki traveled around the world teaching and demonstrating the art of bonsai.  Several of our members have traveled with Ben Oki to Japan on bonsai tours which he guided.




The memorial for Ben Oki will be held at the Hongwaji Buddhist temple on Braddock and Centinela in Culver City on Friday, March 9th, at 11:00 A.M.
12371 Braddock Drive
Culver City, CA