Goshin by John Yoshio Naka. This famous tree resides at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC. Photos will never do it justice. It is huge (about 1 meter tall – just over 3 feet) and is so dramatic in person that it almost seems to vibrate with power. This photo, by Peter Bloomer is originally from Timeless Trees by Peter and Mary Bloomer. It also appears on the cover of Bonsai Today issue 93, an issue that features a tribute to the life and works of John Naka.
This is first time we’ve recycled a Bonsai Bark post (all but this paragraph appeared in a March 2010 post). The timing seems right, though it’s always a good time to celebrate our National Bonsai and Penjing Museum and John Naka’s legacy, and perhaps it’s an especially good time to remember that “There are no borders in bonsai.”
No borders in bonsai
Helen Searle recently sent me some photos that she took at the National Arboretum. I picked a few that I thought you might enjoy, including the plaque below by John Naka. The only photo in this post not by Helen is Goshin (above).