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 shares his knowledge, and has a lot to share! Jerry has authored an updated version of his original 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, my best research partner, a Fuku-Bonsai stockholder and special friend! ~~~David
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. If you are planning a trip to Japan and need a help to setting up a bonsai itinerary, consider contacting Yoshi. Others who used his services recommend him too. Please send me your comments. ~~~David
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 site highly recommended for those who live in the southern warmer half of the US (including the tropics) where trees grow faster and the Chinese techniques are more effective than Japanese training which tends to use a lot of wiring techniques. The techniques used at Fuku-Bonsai have been largely inspired by penjing concepts and modified by Fuku-Bonsai. The Yee-sun Wu book is recommended for those who want to get an understanding of the spirit and philosophy of modern Chinese penjing. ~~~David
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.
- 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.
- The above links were checked and last updated February 2023 when a few sites were removed as they no longer exist. ALSO REMOVED WERE FRAUDULENT SITES THAT UNSCRULOUS PEOPLE HAVE INSERTED INTO WWW.FUKUBONSAI.COM!!! . 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. If you have plans to move to Hawaii, visit us and talk story! Happy websurfing! ~~~ David (email@example.com)