The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, celebrates 40 yrs of a living gift: 53 bonsai & 6 viewing stones to the U.S. Jack Sustic, Curator at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, offers a bonsai pruning demo, 7.14.16.
Guests to the JICC celebration included master kusamono artist, Young Choe (center). Kusamono is the arrangement of potted plants and flowers. JICC address: 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036
Stephen Voss (l), bonsai photographer, discusses how bonsai photography captures the rugged beauty of the plant and vessel. Tamaki Tsukada (r), Minister of Culture and Communications, listens.
The 53 gifted bonsai live inside the US National Arboretum: 3501 New York Ave NE DC. Voss (l) and Sustic (r) answer questions on their paths to photographing and pruning the tree.
The public can meet with the bonsai photographer, Stephen Voss, at the JICC from 12PM-12:30PM every Monday in August. Interested parties may also view the bonsai exhibit at the JICC during gallery hours (9a - 5p weekdays) until September 9, 2016.