MICHAEL S. IMAINO
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
- Journal Contributing
- JERRY MEISLIK
- Author, bonsai instructor
& Ficus (Fig) authority
- (Whitefish, Montana)
- RYAN CHANG
- Leader of
- (Waipahu, Oahu,
- JOHN "JAY"
- "In & Out"
- THOMAS MATKEY
- RON DAVIS
- RUSS MANN
- (Long Beach,
- (Apex, North
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- Aloha & welcome to the
11th issue of our second year
- as we build a Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai
ISSUE #23. NOVEMBER 2014
are reducing the number of trees in our permanent
exhibit collection and building new display
furniture, backgrounds, and educational exhibits.
The two trees shown above are significant. At
left is the Haruo "Papa" Kaneshiro Memorial Japanese
Black Pine that is believed to be the oldest bonsai
in Hawaii, already trained when it arrived in the
late 1800's. It is our link to our primary
bonsai roots in Japan. On the right is "Peace
Forest" created by Japan grand master Saburo
Kato at the 1980 International Bonsai Congress in
Hawaii using trees provided by Fuku-Bonsai.
Since returning to Fuku-Bonsai in 1990, it has
undergone several major styling evolutions as the
forest matured and lesser trees removed. Kato
wanted to create a perpetual tropical legacy and we
were honored to have been included in plans.
FUKU-BONSAI LAUNCHES INTO A NEW
All is hectic here as we approach
the end of our second year of publication of the
Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai.
It has been a labor of love, a huge amount of
work, but extremely satisfying. When
Jerry Meislik, Ryan Chang and I began it in January
2013, the goal was a modest five articles per
monthly issue. From the start we exceeded that
goal. In some months the articles are much larger
and there were twice the number or more. We're
being joined by more who are willing to share their
experiences and in sharing, they learn the most!
Jerry has produced a string of comprehensive
articles and I'm delighted that more organizations
are inviting him to teach and in this issue he
begins the first part of his report of his recent
South African trip. I think Ryan's next
article summarizing what he's learned in two years
will be extraordinary. In this issue, he
summarizes a rock planting that has developed in
about a year! It's amazing and I think Ryan's
best article to date as he's now much more able to
explain the stages of training that a tree goes
through to become a bonsai. Paul Bakerman and Burton
Flake had exceptional months and Jay will be here
next month. Jay is proving the trees can still
make great progress in cooler Michigan and he's on
the verge of creating some exceptional True Indoor
Bonsai saikei! I invited everyone to join us!
In writing of increasingly complex workshops, I've
learned the most and besides the Journal articles,
I've submitted choice articles to both the American
Bonsai Society Journal and Bonsai Clubs
International's Magazine. Both are fine
publications of non-profit bonsai organizations and
as your bonsai interest grows, I recommend that you
become members and subscribe to their magazines. To
now, membership in the Mid-Pacific Bonsai
Foundation has been on an honor system and as an
appreciated show of support of our efforts.
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation is increasingly moving
into position as the Fuku-Bonsai leader in the
post-Fukumoto succession plan and we encourage
membership and need to create "benefits of
membership." THE PREMIUM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
PACKAGE (PIWP) WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO MPBF
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In more circles, True Indoor Bonsai is being
recognized as the easiest care, fastest growing,
most popular form of American Bonsai. Those
who once thought that Dwarf Schefflera houseplant
bonsai could never compare to traditional Japanese
temperate climate bonsai are having second thoughts
and more are joining us as they see the
extraordinary growth that is possible when grown
outdoors whenever night temperatures are above 55°F.
Dwarf Scheff is increasingly trained in a growing
number of styles and the latest trend is toward
growing it as small or mini-bonsai.
We've come a long way! We're completing our
25-year battle for survival. Let's celebrate
with a Super Mahalo Sale with 25% off all items!
Fuku-Bonsai president &
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the article for more Internet and Center details
including about our Big Island Promotional Partner
STORES LEADS LAUNCHING FUKU-BONSAI INTO A NEW ERA!
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celebrates emerging from our 25-year long battle for
survival. Our biggest sale ever! MAHALO!
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REPORT OF PAUL BAKERMAN'S FUKU-BONSAI WORKSHOPS
Planned multiple workshops by members of the
Fast-Track Study Group are major events here ---
especially when the objectives are to teach or
improve new innovative techniques being developed!
This is Paul's third visit and we planned several
workshops over three days summarized in this report.
OF BURTON FLAKE'S FUKU-BONSAI'S WORKSHOPS
Burton is another member of the Fast-Track Study
Group, also from Arizona, and was also here for
three days. Originally he had planned to be
here at the same time with Paul but VA appointments
and airlines standby changed his schedule. He also
had several workshops summarized in this report.
ADVENTURES IN SOUTH AFRICA - PART I
By Jerry Meislik, Journal contributing editor
emeritus (Whitefish, Montana) Jerry reports of
his teaching and research trip to South Africa where
there is a growing bonsai community who are also
adapting traditional temperate climate outdoor
bonsai to a different set of trees, a different
culture, and a different growing environment!
"REV ISITING NOVEMBER"
By Ryan Chang, Sr. contributing editor (Waipahu,
Oahu, Hawaii) In Ryan's first year he was
learning the basics, but by November, he had
started rock sculpturing and planting a young tree
that he had developed. He shares a remarkable
story of that tree's development in just one year in
one of his best articles to date!
BABY BUGGY SAIKEI BONSAI BUMPERS
By Jay Boryczko, Journal contributing editor
(Farmington Hills, Michigan)
Jay continues learning
and sharing saikei and reports on a simple small
arrangement suitable for most other beginners.
He's getting to understand the basics and starting
to take on more challenges including a visit to
Fuku-Bonsai next month!
Raikow (Volcano, Big Island of Hawaii) Contributing
writer. David has the advantage of living
nearby and dropping in from time to time. He
selected two partially sculptured rocks and 2
premium prepared bonsai stock and 2 regular prepared
bonsai stock. He planned and completed this
workshop at home but wanted to do it here so he
could ask for help as needed.
By Gerardo Ortiz (Redwood City, California) Beginning
Study Group member. Gerardo did so well in his
first three IWP's that for his last one I asked him to
do the much more difficult "Rock Sculpturing and Rock
Planting" version and he did great. As he
graduates and joins the Fast-Track Study Group, he's
well into planning his first introductory classes!
Beginner Study Group Member - Naalehu, Big
Island of Hawaii. Leonie is very involved
with her community and many multi-cultural
activities that make living on the Big Island
great. This is the report of her first IWP that
was done here. But somehow she didn't take
notes, switch a critical fact mentally on
IWP #2 and we didn't catch the error on the
first two redos. But she and I are not
JOURNAL MAILBAG - NOVEMBER 2014
An email from Brian Gasberger that tells of his
three Fuku-Bonsai. The first was purchased 31
years ago from an authorized retailer as a desk size
Brassaia lava planting that split the rock, one tree
died, but the other survived. Brian visited
Fuku-Bonsai 10 years ago for the tree on the right
and recently acquired the tree on the left.
Very interesting story!
OF TROPICAL & TRUE INDOOR BONSAI is co-published by two
unique bonsai organizations that co-sponsor the
Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center & Hawaii State Bonsai
Repository in Kurtistown on the Big Island of Hawaii.
It is a working bonsai nursery but has one of the most
varied collection of Japanese bonsai, Chinese penjing,
Hawaiian tropical outdoor bonsai, True Indoor Bonsai,
and memorial bonsai created by past Hawaiian bonsai
masters and visiting international bonsai masters
created at major public presentations or conventions in
Hawaii. The center is free and open to the public.
The two organizations co-sponsor the
website and is committed to a project: "MAKING THE
BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII AN INTERNATIONAL BONSAI MECCA!"
As part of this project, "CREATE YOUR FIRST
BONSAI" and advanced workshops are offered year around
to individual or group residents and visitors and the
completed trees can be sent by FedEx to all parts of the
has roots in a Fukumoto family hobby and is the pioneer
of True Indoor Bonsai since 1962, a certified
export bonsai nursery since 1973, and a Hawaiian
corporation of over 200 stockholders of modest means who
are committed to preserve, promote, and educate the art
and culture of bonsai since 1985. The nursery
produces the most successful gift bonsai for anyone,
anywhere who can grow house plants and the highest
potential True Indoor Bonsai that are shipped to all
parts of the United States. It's 2007 Introductory
Workshop Package is the easiest and most successful way
to learn or teach bonsai. In 2014 it introduced a
larger older Premium Introductory Workshop Package.
Fuku-Bonsai suffered catastrophic losses of over $30
million due to defective Benlate contaminated with
weedkillers, has survived, and has developed a
succession plan based upon the Mid-Pacific Bonsai
Foundation becoming the largest stockholder and leading
to support and supply future generations with True
Indoor Bonsai nationally.
501(3)(C) MID-PACIFIC BONSAI FOUNDATION is currently the
largest stockholders behind the founding Fukumoto family
and will be the largest in the future. It is
largely responsible for the permanent bonsai exhibit
collection and educational activities.
Membership in the
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation is just $12 annually, is purely voluntary on
an honor system as a form of support for our
efforts. Donations are invited and gratefully
accepted. For more information, contact
David W. Fukumoto, Fuku-Bonsai president and founder
and Journal editor at
© Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation and Fuku-Bonsai, 2014