BONSAI & SPECIAL LINKS

            Bonsai requires the eye of an artist, the skills of a technician, the nurturing discipline of a parent, and the soul of a person who deeply loves nature. 

                For those who can put all of these together, bonsai is a wonderful challenging complex hobby!  But even if you cannot grow bonsai yourself, it's interesting. There are many kinds of artistic pot plants including Japanese bonsai, Chinese penjing, Hawaiian or tropical outdoor bonsai, and Fuku-Bonsai's True Indoor Bonsai which are low-light durable houseplant bonsai. Through these sites, you'll be able to find many more sites. Happy web surfing!

INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL, &  REGIONAL BONSAI ORGANIZATIONS

AMERICAN BONSAI SOCIETY is a non-profit bonsai group whose Journal shares contemporary developments. Numerous David Fukumoto and Fuku-Bonsai articles have been published since the late 1960's. David is a past ABS director and symposium headliner. For more about the Fuku-Bonsai and American Bonsai Society connection, go to AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN BONSAI SOCIETY

BONSAI CLUBS INTERNATIONAL began in the 1960's in California and has harnessed the enthusiasm of those who enjoy an international artform of the many and varied forms of artistic pot plants. They are also non-profit organization who publishes Bonsai Magazine. Numerous David Fukumoto and Fuku-Bonsai articles have been published since the late 1960's.

NATIONAL BONSAI & PENJING MUSEUM in Washington DC began with a Bi-centenial gift of bonsai from Japan that found a home in the National Arboretum. The National Bonsai Foundation was formed and added the American Collection honoring John Naka, Hawaii's Haruo "Papa" Kaneshiro, and others. A Fuku-Bonsai tree is in this collection. The museum also includes Chinese penjing including a number from Yee-sun Wu of Hong Kong.

OTHER BONSAI SITES OR INDIVIDUAL WEBPAGES

JERRY MEISLIK'S "BONSAIHUNK" WEBSITE is by an enthusiastic hobbyist who's amongst the most knowledgeable about growing high-light tropical bonsai under strong metal halide lights in cooler climates indoors on a year-around basis.  Jerry has a long commendable history of assisting his regional and the national bonsai community. Now retired and looking to share his knowledge, he's available for bonsai teaching tours.  He has a lot to share! Jerry has authored Ficus; The Exotic Bonsai and the book can be obtained directly from him through his website. Jerry is Contributing Editor Emeritus of the JOURNAL OF TROPICAL & TRUE INDOOR BONSAI and has made numerous contributions to this website.  Visit his portal on this website at www.fukubonsai.com/1a9.html   

MARY MILLER'S "BONSAIMARY" WEBSITE is a wonderful effort by a retired Florida bonsai nursery pioneer.  Her extensive  bonsai experience makes her amongst the most knowledgeable on TROPICAL BONSAI and we look forward to building a stronger relationship in the years to come.  She is the author of  Bonsai with Tropicals:  Some Things I Learned Along the Way.  I recommend it for those with a growing interest in growing tropical bonsai outdoors.  Like Jerry Meislik,  except for her book,  she doesn't sell bonsai items.  So she's enjoying her "retirement" and making a major bonsai contribution!

WALTER LIEW'S DRAGON GARDEN; HAWAII BONSAI CULTURE CENTER is a 20-acre dream being built.  Walter is a good and honest friend who is a major importer of Chinese pots, plants, and other items. He is developing his own "Flying Dragon" penjing style.  Although packing and shipping costs are high, his prices are reasonable and his large high-quality handmade Yixing Chinese bonsai pots have been ordered and shipped to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington D. C. Their website is at www.bonsaiculturecenter.com

JAPANESE BONSAI websites are mostly in Japanese.  One exception is a site created by Yoshihiro Nakamizu who has a unique background combination including an interest in multi-cultural communication,  English-speaking, travel industry experience,  organizer of cross-cultural events,  AND AN INTEREST IN BONSAI!  He sounds like the ideal guide if you planning a Japan bonsai group tour.  He also has books, tools, display stands and some of the highest standard Japanese bonsai for sale that are available for international shipping! This is the best Japanese bonsai website discovered to date and most of the site works even if you don't allow the long initial down-load.

MANLUNG GARDEN is a site to make available and update the work of Hong Kong's Yee-Sun Wu whose 1967 book introduced the modern Chinese Lingnan penjing to the world.  It focuses on the "clip-and-grow" system and the use of outstanding natural and carved rocks.  This is recommended for those who want to get an understanding of the spirit and philosophy of modern Chinese penjing.

FRANK XU (Xu Shu Zheng)  is a Chinese national living in Nanking, China who is an import-export agent representing an Yixing bonsai pottery factory as well as other Chinese products.  While most of his business is gearred for larger importers or businesses, he will work with bonsai clubs and individuals seeking high-end items. His website gives insights into Chinese history and philosophy.  Frank is from a literary family who suffered after the 1949 People's Revolution and who can attest to the tales of horror during the Cultural Revolution! He is an avid correspondent with fairly good English.  His email:   bonsaifrank@hotmail.com    His website: www.potsforbonsai.com  is embedded in Craig Coussin's site. Frank sent some interesting photos that is posted at www.fukubonsai.com/2a2d.html that gives insights into the Chinese lifestyle and culture.

NURSERY TREE WHOLESALERS (618 Highland Hills Lane, Highland Village, TX 75077;  phone (214) 546-037; email:  bonsai@nurserytreewholesalers.com)   As a general rule,  Fuku-Bonsai does not trade links with other bonsai nurseries that primarily list their products for sale, but do not include a significant amount of bonsai educational materials.  We were contacted and informed that one of our copywrited website articles had been reproduced in their newest educational blog titled:  "BONSAI TREES; The Definitive Guide (The Ultimate List of the Web's Best Bonsai Tree Resources)" and they provided the following link:       http://www.nurserytreewholesalers.com/blogs/nursery-tree-wholesalers-bonsai-blog/102816833-bonsai-trees-the-definitive-guide  It's an interesting concept and having our article selected was off-set by ethical concerns that prior permission was not requested to reproduce the copywrited article originally titled:  "Lesson #3 - Pruning" (www.fukubonsai.com/4a6.html)  that they had retitled: "How to be the architect of your own bonsai" in their Chaper 3.  That article has received a lot of compliments and was partially reprinted in Bonsai Club International's Magazine as part of a book review when our True Indoor Bonsai Handbook was published.  While our technical information is recognized as amongst the most innovative,  Fuku-Bonsai is really known for our Dwarf Schefflera specialty and I recommended it be considered for inclusion in their Chapter 1.  They agreed and included it (www.fukubonsai.com/3a3b.html)  as:  "Which bonsai tree is considered the best for indoors?"   

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            COMMENTS BY DAVID:  The Fuku-Bonsai website went online in 1999 and is amongst the oldest with the largest educational editorial content.  We are very concerned about the ethics of bonsai professionals and are especially concerned with the widespread use of the term "INDOOR BONSAI" as it is very misleading and probably responsible for the most bonsai failures by new or beginning bonsai buyers who believe that trees sold under this category will grow in ordinary homes and offices throughout the year.  They won't as most are outdoor plants or those that can grow in high-light greenhouses.  They do not magically become house plants just because they are labelled "indoor bonsai" and I generally will not consider exchanging links with websites that utilize that practice.  I made an exception for Nursery Tree Wholesalers due to their educational efforts in developing their definitive guide that is a nice innovation.  But to be fair,  I must point out that almost the entire bonsai community primarily use only "outdoor bonsai" or "indoor bonsai."  "Indoor Bonsai is used by Amazon, Wikipedia, Google, as well as bonsai organizations and clubs.  But I do not condone it and to differentiate,  very early, Fuku-Bonsai trademarked "TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™" and has led efforts to discourage bonsai fraud and to raise the standards for reputable bonsai professionals. I would appreciate you visiting the Nursery Tree Wholesalers website and emailing me your comments and recommendations.

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BONSAI EMPIRE www.bonsaiempire.com  (Oscar Jonker) a website in the making for many years that covers all aspects of Japanese Bonsai including general information about growing, training and caring for bonsai. Includes several photo galleries and a Bonsai forum.  Good articles about Japanese bonsai including this one if you're planning a visit:   http://www.bonsaiempire.com/bonsai-japan/blog

 

A special publication for those interested in Hawaiian agriculture:
 
          FARMERS & FRIENDS is a relatively new monthly email news publication for people building a bright future on the land in Hawai‘i.  This is a very progressive effort by some of Hawaii's most innovative agricultural leaders.  To subscribe ― they make this easy, in an old-fashioned kind of way. Call 808-640-8027 to speak with editor, Rory Flynn, or email him at farmersandfriendseditor@gmail.com . Supply your name, home or business mailing address, phone (work and/or cell), and your email address. They’ll email you an invoice for your records. When you receive it, write a check payable to Farmers & Friends in the amount of $41.67 (general excise tax included) for your annual subscription. Mail it to Farmers and Friends, P.O. Box 6525, Kamuela, HI 96743. That’s it.
 
         Our Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii is the fastest growing part of Hawaii state because we have the most affordable land.  There are many two and three acre properties as well as larger fee simple properties.  William Walters, the president of the primary Puna landowner W. H. Shipman Ltd.  is a Fuku-Bonsai corporate director and is one of the founders of Farmers and Friends.  They lease property for agriculture and if you’re looking for a place to start a career in agriculture, visit  www.whshipman.com  or call weekdays at (808) 966-9325.

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             The above links were checked and last updated January 2015.  Please notify me by e-mail if any of these links are not working or if you have any bad experiences when you visit any of these links. Please also recommend other outstanding websites.  If you have plans to move to Hawaii,  visit us and talk story!    Happy websurfing! 
        ~~~ David  (david.f@fukubonsai.com)