Miniature Japanese trees, natural stone artwork and appreciation

The art form of bonsai captures the grandeur and beauty of nature on a reduced scale, producing miniature trees and plants. Similarly, naturally occurring and expressive stones that are categorized as suiseki are used to create landscapes like mountains and waterfalls. The Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibit has been a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival for many years, since almost its inception.

This display is the collaborative effort of a number of bonsai and suiseki clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area including Bonsai Society of San Francisco, Marin Bonsai Club, Yamato Bonsai Kai, and California Suiseki Society.  At a future in-person Festival, the Bonsai and Suiseki exhibit will be held during the second festival weekend at the Issei Memorial Hall of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center).

2021 Virtual Festival Day 2: Samuel Tan, president of the Bonsai Society of San Francisco will describe the background and history of bonsai, and share an overview on how to cultivate a bonsai project at home.

Bonsai, Suiseki
Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibit at 2018 Festival, photo by Kevin Frates