Convention 38 Update

missandlogoCheryl Manning, Convention 38 Chair, reports that there are no more convention rooms at the Riverside Hyatt Place Hotel, but $99/day convention rooms are still available at the Mission Inn. Don’t wait until the last minute to make your bookings.

www.missioninn.com
Mission Inn Hotel, 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. Phone: 951-784-0300

Special News:
A special arrangement has been made for all convention registrants to use their name badges to gain free access to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, including Bonsai Court, following the convention on Monday, November 2, 2015.

34th Annual Suiseki Exhibit San Francisco Suiseki Kai

150_Image309The San Francisco Suiseki Kai held their 34th Annual Suiseki Exhibit at the Union Bank Community Room, 1675 Post Street, San Francisco, California, on August 1 and 2, 2015. Hours were 10 am to 5 pm, both days. The exhibit coincided with the 42nd Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair, San Francisco Japantown. The public was invited to enjoy the suiseki exhibit and member suiseki sales.

The San Francisco Suiseki Kai has been around since 1981, founded by first generation Japanese- Americans. The first teacher, Keiseki Hirotsu, who helped to introduce suiseki to California in the 1960s.

The club holds its meetings at the Oakland Lakeside Garden Center, Lake Merritt. Each meeting, they conduct business and lectures on suiseki and related topics. Members bring in their stones for show and tell.

The club holds an annual exhibit every year at the Japantown Center in San Francisco, where they display their stones to the public.

Suiseki are small naturally formed stones. It is the name for the Japanese form for natural stone appreciation. Similar to Chinese scholar stones. Suiseki can be found in many lakes, rivers and streams in Northern California. The stones are carved by water, wind, and other natural elements. They can appear as images of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, or human and animal figures.

Suiseki stones are displayed on hand crafted, carved wooden bases (daiza) or in shallow ceramic or metal trays (suiban).

The display and appreciation of natural stones was first noted in China around 7th century A.D. and moved to Japan. The collecting and appreciation of all types of stones is carried on around the world.

A great source of information about Suiseki viewing stones can be found at the San Francisco Suiseki Kai website https://sfsuisekikai.wordpress.com.

The following photographs were taken of the 34th Suiseki Annual Exhibit. Courtesy of San Francisco Suiseki Kai.

“Dawn”; Williams Creek; Mas Nakajima

“Dawn”; Williams Creek; Mas Nakajima

Eel River; A Yin Chung

Eel River; A Yin Chung

Winter Eel River; Janet Roth

Winter Eel River; Janet Roth

Turtle Thomes Creek; John Nishizawa

Turtle Thomes Creek; John Nishizawa

Murphys stone; Yoneo “Johnny” Uchida

Murphys stone; Yoneo “Johnny” Uchida

Pool Stone Tokachi River, Japan; Mike Butler

Pool Stone Tokachi River, Japan; Mike Butler

Morning Light Thomes Creek; Hsu Huei Chen

Morning Light Thomes Creek; Hsu Huei Chen

Coastal Rock Thomes Creek; Wen Pai Chen

Coastal Rock Thomes Creek; Wen Pai Chen

Mountain Stone Thomes Creek; Candace Key

Mountain Stone Thomes Creek; Candace Key

Small stone display; Carolyn Van Hoecke

Small stone display; Carolyn Van Hoecke

Yellow Mountain Eel River; Barbara Wilson

Yellow Mountain Eel River; Barbara Wilson

Black Butte Lake; Hideko Metaxas

Black Butte Lake; Hideko Metaxas

Thomes Creek; Mary Beth Avila

Thomes Creek; Mary Beth Avila

California Klamath River; Bob Gould

California Klamath River; Bob Gould

Desert Plateau Klamath River; Polly Gould

Desert Plateau Klamath River; Polly Gould

Small stone display Candace Key & Chris Ross

Small stone display Candace Key & Chris Ross

Holy Man Cache Creek; Jerry Braswell

Holy Man Cache Creek; Jerry Braswell

Desert Stone Garnet Hill; Chris Ross

Desert Stone Garnet Hill; Chris Ross

Northern California; Tanya Dulkin

Northern California; Tanya Dulkin

Black Butte Lake; Francesca Metaxas

Black Butte Lake; Francesca Metaxas

Jade Edges Clear Creek; Steve Nelson

Jade Edges Clear Creek; Steve Nelson

Island Eel River; Yaeko Nishizawa

Island Eel River; Yaeko Nishizawa

Mountain Stone Klamath River; John Nishizawa

Mountain Stone Klamath River; John Nishizawa

The Roost Eel River; Keith Mansfield

The Roost Eel River; Keith Mansfield

2015 Exhibitors Back row, left to right: Mike Butler, Bob Pratt, Steve Nelson, Chris Ross, John Nishizawa Middle row: Wen Pai Chen, Miwako Hsu, Tanya Dulkin, Hsu Huei Chen, Bob Gould, Mas Nakajima Front row: Yaeko Nishizawa, Barbara Wilson, Janet Roth, Polly Gould, Hideko Metaxas, A Yin Chung, Candace Key

2015 Exhibitors
Back row, left to right: Mike Butler, Bob Pratt, Steve Nelson, Chris Ross, John Nishizawa
Middle row: Wen Pai Chen, Miwako Hsu, Tanya Dulkin, Hsu Huei Chen, Bob Gould, Mas Nakajima
Front row: Yaeko Nishizawa, Barbara Wilson, Janet Roth, Polly Gould, Hideko Metaxas, A Yin Chung, Candace Key

 

 

 

8th World Bonsai Convention Saitama, Japan

150_world_bonsThose who attended the first world bonsai convention in Saitama, Japan, report having the greatest time. Now after 28 years, the 8th World Bonsai Convention will again be held in Saitama, Japan.

Saitama is the capital and the most populous city of Saitama Prefecture in Japan. Its area incorporates the former city of Omiya. Being in the greater Tokyo area and lying 15 – 30 kilometers north of central Tokyo, Saitama is easy to commute to and from Tokyo. The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is listed as #3 places to visit while in Saitama. (more…)

32nd Annual REBS Bonsai Show

150Image394It is the largest club sponsored bonsai show in the United States. Every fourth weekend in August for the past 32 years, the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society or REBS has exhibited its member’s bonsai for the bonsai enthusiasts and public. The first show may have started with 45 trees, but has since grown to 200. This year’s show (which took place August 22 and 23 in Santa Rosa) was no exception, offering 200 quality bonsai and a special display of more than 70 Shohin bonsai.

Kathy Shaner, club sensei and certified professional bonsai artist and instructor is responsible for each and every display of bonsai, including accent plants, art objects, and suiseki viewing stones. Kathy was taught in Japan by Mr. Yasuo Mitsuya, a highly regarded Master of Gendai or contemporary form of bonsai training. Kathy’s five-year apprenticeship was a first for Japan and the bonsai world. She became the first woman and first non-Japanese citizen to be certified by the Nippon Bonsai Kyodo Kumaii, the professional bonsai growers’ branch of the Nippon Bonsai Kyokai (Japan Bonsai Association). Kathy is the curator for the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Oakland, California. She travels throughout the United States and world giving demonstrations and lectures on the art of bonsai. (more…)

Marin Bonsai Club Ross, California Annual Auction

150_Image270On August 18, 2015, the Marin Bonsai Club conducted its Annual Auction at the Marin Society of Artists Building, Marin Art and Garden Club, 30 Sir Frances Drake Blvd. Preview opened at 7 PM with the Auction starting at 7:30 PM. Bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, tools, books, stands and more. A great opportunity to take home some bargains. Member sales area as well. More information was available at info@marinbonsai.org.

It took M/C Candace Key sometime to get the room full of participants to quiet down and take their seats. The facility was full and only standing room was available. The preview allowed individuals to examine what was available for auction and to take advantage of buy-it-now member sales. The club served beverages and refreshments. (more…)

Bay Area Bonsai Associates Demonstration by Mike Pistello

150_Image253On August 8, 2015, during the monthly meeting of Bay Area Bonsai Associates (BABA), club members met at Mike Pistello’s home for an informative demonstration on bending branches using raffia and wire. Mike has been doing bonsai for more than 20 years and most recently studied with Ryan Neil of St Helens, Oregon. Mike chose a small Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) yamadori collected by Randy Knight of the Portland Bonsai Village, Oregon, to perform the demonstration on. He knew the tree well enough to select the front view of the bonsai. He used a larger nursery pot, wooden wedge and plastic shipping wrap to establish the correct angle of the bonsai. The primary branch he wanted to bend contained the foliage, whereas the other two limbs were deadwood. (more…)

Convention 38 Preview: Guest Artist Takashi (Tak) Shimazu

convention2015Takashi (Tak) Shimazu was born in Kumamoto on the southernmost island of Japan. In 1968, he immigrated to Orange County, California, later moving to Riverside and joining the Inland Empire Bonsai Society. In the 1980s, he studied under John Naka and Harry Hirao. Tak continues improving his skills through books, magazines, and trips to Japan’s nurseries. In 2013, he studied under bonsai master Sasaki at Gasho-en Bonsai Nursery. Tak loves to share his knowledge through classes and demonstrations.

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RIP Harry Hirao

Services for Harry Hirao Tuesday, August 4th at 4PM Orange County Buddhist Church at 909 S. Dale Avenue (corner of Ball and Dale) Anaheim, CA.

Condolences may be sent to the Hirao family:
c/o Gene Hirao
15 Posada
Irvine, California 92614-5380

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