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My name is Yoshihiro Nakamizu.I started learning bonsai in 1994, so this is my seventeenth year as a bonsai enthusiast.
I study with master Michiyoshi Suzuki, who is well known in the Japanese bonsai world.
I started learning bonsai because of my strong interest in cross-cultural communications.
Learning foreign languages has been my hobby for many years, and my dream has been to work as an English speaking tour guide for foreign people.
To help foreign tourists understand Japan in depth, I think it helps to have detailed knowledge of at least one Japanese traditional art, even an esoteric one like bonsai.
Compared with other Japanese traditonal arts such as Chano-yu (the art and ritual of serving a special powdered tea), Ikebana (the Japanese art of arranging flowers), Shodo (the art of calligraphy with brush and ink), Bonsai is less well known even among Japanese themselves.
However,it is gaining in popularity everywhere.
That is the main reason why I started learning bonsai.
There are so many things that have surprised me since I began learning bonsai.
For one thing, people in general assume bonsai to be a pastime of old people. For another, bonsai is a money-eating hobby. Both are true and false.
Not to mention that you want to purchase an expensive bonsai if you have an expert eye. Until recently in this country very few young people learned bonsai.
But these days I notice many young Japanese have shown an interest in miniture bonsai.
Browsing through the internet I can also see bonsai is now very popular throughout the world.
Different from Japan, both young and old are enjoying learning bonsai in some countries.
I strongly feel that we need to pay attention to what is going on in the bonsai world in foreign countries.
Fortunately, traditional and authentic techniques for bonsai have been passed down Japan.
We can see some people who learned bonsai in Japan and now teach the technique and spiritual aspect of bonsai in foreign countries, but the number of bonsai masters in those countries is very limited.
At the same time we can see many foreigners who come to Japan and try to study the art of Japanese bonsai.
But in many cases that enthusiasm has gone in vain because of the language barrier and difference of customs.
I made this home page to give information about Japanese bonsai to people who are coming to Japan and who want to learn about it.
I can coordinate your visit to Japan to have the right access to the Japanese bonsai world.
I have worked as a travel agent for five years and at a publishing company, which dealt with foreign language education, for 9 years.
I have a background in working as an organizer of various cross cultural events.
I will use this experience for people who need help to learn Japanese authentic bonsai.
There are many excellent interpreters in Japan but there are very few in the Japanese bonsai world.
I speak English and a bit of French.
I will be willing to coodinate your tour and guide you throughout Japan as an English speaking guide.
My name is Maki Isano.
I had worked for the Japanese trading company for seven years from 2001 to the first half of 2007.
I was interested in bonsai so much that I made up my mind to work for Bonsai Network Japan in July, 2007.
I am now taking a bonsai lesson at the local bonsai school on weekly basis, and work for Mr. Nakamizu as a full-time assistant of his.
I had been thinking that bonsai was a hobbly enjoyed only by a retired, affordable, senior people until I went to Kokufuten exhibition in Tokyo and saw quite a few bonsai trees.
I was much surprized to see the exhibition had so many foreign visitors, and they all were much attracted by the traditional Japanese culture including suiseki.
I still remenber that I determined to do something to introducte Japanese culture to other countries several years ago before I came into the current world.
It seems I could come closer to my own dream.....
Saeko Kato an assistant
Soy Saeko, guia turistica de Bonsai en espanol.
Me comunico con los clientes que hablan este idioma para responder a sus inquietudes y ordenes.
Realizo visitas con los clientes a los diferentes viveros de Bonsai y fabricantes de macetas Estudie espanol en mi Universidad, he visitado Espana, Peru, Mexico, Honduras...
Me alegra ver que el Bonsai es muy popular en estos paises; mi deseo es mostrar aun mas el Bonsai y ser un puente entre Japon y el mundo.
"Treasure every meeting for it will never recur." When I met bonsai, this phrase describes exactly how I felt.
I knew about bonsai for a long time. That was because of the view from my garden. My grandfather had some bonsai trees, but I never touched them.
I was in the fashion business until recently, working with lots of people from all over the world. Every time I met someone new, I remember my curiosity and excitement and I will remember them in one chapter of my life. Some trees live much longer than we do. Now we can see some hundred-year-old pine trees. When I "met" bonsai, I found out that they remember how we treat them or exist with them.
I'm so happy to begin this work, I now have a chance to show our tradition to the world.
Japan has not only cars and electronics. We have bonsai filled with a long history and culture!
Hi, I'm Rie Sato.
I first met Mr. Nakamizu less than a year ago, and that was when I was quite impressed by his enthusiasm for bonsai and everything related to cross-cultural communications. This is why I've recently started to work for him.
I myself have experienced living in foreign countries for a while; US, Mexico, and Portugal. I'd always been interested in different cultures and languages, and it's been really thrilling to get to know new things full of wonders around the world.
Now that I am in Japan, strangely enough, the traditional Japanese cultures have started to attract me after spending years outside my own country.
Considering how nicely and warmly all those local people treated us while we were away from my hometown, it'd be such a pleasure to help those who try to know our country, just like they all did to us. I'd appreciate your interest in Japan, and can't wait to serve you in every way I can.
Hola, me llamo Rie Sato.
Conoci al Sr. Nakamizu hace menos de un año. Estaba muy impresionada por su entusiasmo por bonsai y todo lo relacionado con comunicacion intercultural. Eso fue la razon por la cual acabo de empezar a trabajar con el.
Vivi en el extranjero por alguno tiempo; en los Estados Unidos, Mexico y Portugal. Siempre me ha interesado las diferentes culturas e idiomas, y ha estado sensacional conocer cosas nuevas llenas de maravillas en todo el mundo.
Ahora en Japon, puede ser extrano que ya me interesan las culturas japonesas tradicionales, despues de unos anos fuera de mi pais.
Teniendo en cuenta como la gente en sus paises nos trataban tan bien, seria un gran placer ayudar a los que quieran conocer a nuestro pais.
Agradezco su interes en Japon. Estoy a sus ordenes para cualquier cosa en la que pueda ayudarles.
Bonsai tour by American group at Shunka-en in Tokyo
Bonsai workshop for foreign nationals at Shunka-en
Interviewed by Mr. Jonathon Walsh in April, 2007
Owner : Yoshihiro NakamizuAddress : 1256-72, Hongo-Cho, Kita-ku, Saitama City,Saitama, Japan 331-0802TEL / FAX : (+81) 48-776-9972Cell phone : (+81) 90-5311-1808 For more information contact us