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General Category => Profiles, Interviews, and Reviews => Topic started by: JRob on May 06, 2015, 07:33 PM

Title: Saburo Kato
Post by: JRob on May 06, 2015, 07:33 PM
A week from this Friday on the 15th of May 2015 - 100 years ago Saburo Kato was born. As the first born son he headed the family's influential nursery Mansei-en when his father passed away. His father introduced Ezo-matsu (picea glehni) in the 1930's  and Saburo himself helped establish the horticulture requirements to keep them alive in pots. Saburo Kato is extremely intertwined with bonsai in the US first giving classes to GI's stationed during the war. His payment was items from the commissary which where more valuable than cash in war torn Japan. He was also instrumental in convincing the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs the the US could care for bonsai and through his concerted efforts 53 bonsai were gifted to us during the celebration of our Bi-Centnnial. It is these trees that make up the core of the national collection. He also gave an Ezo Spruce to Bill Clinton while he was in office and that tree is also part of the collection we know and view today. We are indebted to him and I warmly honor his memory on the 100th year anniversary of his birth. He is a picture of the spring flush of my Ezo and I fondly think of him and his family every time I pass the tree. To learn more about this remarkable individual goole him. Rob
Title: Re: Saburo Kato
Post by: John Kirby on August 28, 2015, 04:35 AM
I had missed this one, I had the pleasure of visiting Kato-san's Garden in Omiya with the Bill Valvanis trip in 2006. He was very gracious with his time and courtesy.
Title: Re: Saburo Kato
Post by: Owen Reich on August 28, 2015, 02:37 PM
Kato-san was also a powerful force in the  Nippon Bonsai Association and the formation of The World Bonsai Friendship Federation.  It is an honor to be a part of his garden's "family tree" via my teacher Fujikawa-san.