Bonsai display competition at Hanford, Nov 05

Clark Center Bonsai Competition KazariSaturday, Nov. 5, 2011

10 am – 5 pm

Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture, 15770 10th Avenue, Hanford, CA  93230

Supported by: The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation

On November 5, the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture in Hanford, California, will organize the third “KAZARI: Bonsai Display Competition.”

The competition focuses on creating a harmonious display of hanging scroll, bonsai tree, and an adjacent plant or stone to display in a tokonoma alcove.

KAZARI is a judged competition and the prize money awarded in honor of the contributions of Japanese-American citizens for the best displays is $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place.

The museum gallery will be divided in equal spaces, each space approximately the size of an average tokonoma. The competitors have freedom in the arrangement of the display.

There are no fixed rules for the use of hanging scrolls and subsidiary ornaments like naturally-formed stones or potted plants.

The traditional Japanese triangle of the bonsai representing Man, the scroll being Heaven, and the subsidiary ornament standing for Earth, is just one way of creating an appealing display.


10:00 am – 5:00 pm

KAZARI: Bonsai Display Competition

$5 for general admission, Clark Center members free

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bonsai Exhibition at the Center’s Bonsai Garden

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bonsai and Antique Fair

Selected bonsai and accessories as well as antiques and deaccessioned artworks.

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Expert Lecture by Kathy Shaner, Curator of the Golden State

Bonsai Federation Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

$20 per person

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Bonsai Beginner Workshop

Participants will learn the fundamentals of bonsai and leave the workshop with an actual bonsai they have created.

$20 per person (fee includes a bonsai tree)

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Wine and Cheese Reception in the

Japanese Garden of the Clark Residence

$10 per person

For details about participation in the competition, contact the Clark Center’s Bonsai Curator, Bob Hilvers, at