• Yuji Yoshimrua’s Kofu-en Bonsai Garden in Tokyo
  • Dr. John Creech and Yuji Yoshimura at the National Arboretum in September 1973
  • Yuji Yoshimura teaching Wm. N. Valavanis how to properly use a concave pruner in September 1969
  • Yuji Yoshimura and Wm. N. Valavanis presenting a program on Evaluating Bonsai in the 1990s

The Art of Bonsai: Creation, Care and Enjoyment


Japanese black pine, Bob Blankfield. This bonsai received the Member's Choice Award in memory of Yuji Yoshimura. It will be on display in the upcoming US National Bonsai Exhibition with needles about one inch long...

Left: A twin trunk Crape myrtle bonsai trained and later donated to the North American Bonsai Collection by Yuji Yoshimura. Right: A Maple forest penjing created by Wu Yee Sun.


Yuji Yoshimura; Giovanna M. Halford

Vincent T. Covello received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University in England, and gained his Ph.D. at Columbia University in the United States. The author of several books, he has been a Professor at Brown University, a study director at the National Academy of Sciences, and program manager for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Covello has studied the art of suiseki for over twelve years and has lectured extensively on the topic. He is considered by many to be the foremost authority on suiseki in the United States. Dr. Covello is also an expert on the Japanese tea ceremony. Yuji Yoshimura is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on bonsai, Japanese horticulture, and miniature landscapes. A graduate of Tokyo Horticultural School, he has lectured throughout the world and has published numerous books and articles on bonsai in both Japanese and English. He is the co-author of the first authoritative book on bonsai in the English language, "The Japanese art of Miniature Trees and Landscapes." Sonja Arntzen has taught at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. Recently retired, she is working on a new translation of the Sarashina nikki and a history of Japanese women's writing, as well as doing a lot of gardening. She is the author of "Ikkyu and the Crazy Cloud Anthology" (Tokyo University Press, 1986) and "The Kagero Diary" (University of Michigan, 1997).