Happy New Year!

Bonsai inspired a billboard near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

Last year at this time, I was getting ready to travel to Japan for the World Bonsai Convention in Saitama City/Omiya. I stayed near Shinjuku Station, where this photo was taken. This year, I’m looking forward to giving bonsai talks at the Smithsonian Craft Show at 3 pm on April 27 and two at the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon at 1 pm and 4 pm on May 24, in addition to some private presentations.

Cherry Blossom activities are ongoing too, including a fun evening from 6 to 8 pm at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel on April 13. It may only be mid-January as I write, but spring is on its way in my world!

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