Here, at last, is the definitive guide to the beauty of bonsai, the centuries-old gardening form transmitted from China and refined to a high art in Japan. 130 color and 70 black-and-white photos; 40 line drawings.
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The NIPPON BONSAI ASSOCIATION is the single largest public bonsai organization in Japan. Initially begun as the Kokufu Bonsai Kai in 1934, the association has become increasingly active in bonsai circles over the years. As an artistic and cultural ambassador, the association has sought to develop a high standard and to foster a broader awareness of the art of bonsai. Toward this end the association sponsors the annual Kokufu Bonsai-ten (the largest bonsai exhibition in Japan), publishes such periodicals as Bonsai Shunju, and conducts lectures and seminars on bonsai technique in Japan and abroad.
Currently, the association has more than 300 chapters nationwide with approximately 20,000 members and some 300 members in 30 countries throughout the world.
John Yoshio Naka is one of the foremost authorities on bonsai in the West and author of Bonsai Techniques. Hideo Aragaki is an awardwinning columnist. His collected essays for the magazine Bonsai Shunju appeared in book form under the title of Shizen to Jinsei (Nature and Life) in 1987. Hideo Marushima, a practicing lawyer, writes extensively on bonsai and suiseki for various Japanese publications. His Nihon Bonsai Bonseki Shiko (An Interpretative History of Bonsai and Suiseki) was published in 1982.
With the exception of ten years lecturing at the University of Tokyo, John Bester, a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University, has devoted most of his time in Japan to translation. In particular, the many literary and other translations that he has undertaken for Kodansha International have established him in the front rank of the field.
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Book Description Kodansha America, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110870119338