Bonsai: John Naka of Los Angeles planted seeds worldwide

Bonsai: John Naka of Los Angeles planted seeds worldwide

Cultural News, 2006 June Issue The measure of John Yoshio Naka’s importance to the Japanese cultural art of bonsai can be seen in the almost endless list of tributes and honors he has received. Of greatest significance, the North American Pavilion at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C. bears his name. Naka is one of the few individuals to have his name on a government structure while still living, and the National Bonsai Foundation declared him the “Patron Saint of Bonsai.” Naka was a founding member of the Southern California Bonsai Club, one of the first...
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Mme. Hisami Wakayagi and Her Troupe Celebrate 25th Anniversary

2005 Hana no Kai Kyoningyo

Cultural News, 2005 April issue Mme. Hisami Wakayagi of South Pasadena and her troupe “Hana-no-Kai” presented their 25th anniversary performance on March 5 and 6, 2005 at Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. In the two-day performance, five new natori-title students were recognized with a debut and presentation of their stage names. With inviting guest dancers from Tokyo such as Masayasu Wakayagi, Hikosaemon Wakayagi, Keika Wakayagi, Tadasuke Wakayagi, and Sanjyuro Wakayagi, Hisami Wakayagi and her troupe performed magnificent Japanese classical dances. (Photo Courtesy of Hana-no-Kai) Tokiwazu “Kyoningyo” performed by Sensho Wakayagi and Tadasuke Wakayagi A scene where Jingoro (Tadasuke),...
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