Bonsai Display Competition and Spring Festival at Clark Center, Apr 17

Clark Kazari

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture at Hanford in California Central Valley will present Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition in a tokonoma alcove at the center’s gallery building on April 17 and 18 to coincide its annual Spring Festival on April 17.

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture is located at 15770 Tenth Ave, Hanford, CA 93230, (559) 582-4915, It takes three hours drive from Los Angeles. Hanford Station of AMTRAK is the nearest public transportation from Los Angeles.

Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition

Saturday, April 17, from 11 am – 5 pm

Sunday, April 18, from 10 am – 3 pm

Annual Spring Festival

Saturday, April 17, from 10 am – 5 pm

Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition: Naturally, the bonsai tree is a vital part of the display but, different from other bonsai competitions,  it is not the best tree that will win this event.

The challenge is to consciously create a harmonious display that uses the entire allotted space.

Kazari is a judged competition and the prize money in honor of the late Tom Yukiyasu Uyeoka for the best display is $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for the third place.

Judging criteria are for example the cohesiveness of the display, the viewing enjoyment, the communication between the accessories.

The bonsai display is open on April 17 from 11 am – 5 pm and April 18 from 10 am – 3 pm.

On April 17 from 5 – 6:30 pm, Evening Wine and Cheese Awards Reception will take place in the Japanese garden of the Clark residence. Tickets are $10.

On April 18 from 10 am – noon, “Hands-on Interactive Workshop on the Art of Tokonoma Display” will be held by Kathy Shaner, Curator of the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, California.

To coincide “Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition,” the 10th Annual Spring Festival of the Clark Center will take place on Saturday, April 17 from 10 am – 5 pm at its own venue.

Admission free for viewing bonsai display in the gallery, the bonsai garden, art show and sale, outdoor taiko performance and kendo demonstration.

Tea demonstration, the Clark garden tour, and the bonsai workshop will be ticketed events.

Currently, the Clark Center presents the spring exhibition The Splendor of the Japanese Screen until April 10.

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture