Nippon Bonsai Association Special Exhibition – Kicho Bonsai-Ten

Date:Fri. December 1 to Wed. December 6, 2023
Place:Lobby, Collection Gallery

In collaboration with the Nippon Bonsai Association, we are holding a special exhibition of bonsai which have been recognized and registered as Kicho Bonsai (Bonsai of Cultural Importance). These are bonsai recognized and registered by the Nippon Bonsai Association as Kicho Bonsai in order to preserve and pass on to the next generation bonsai which are precious for their artistic brilliance, their educational value in their forms and species, and for their history and roots.

*  “Kicho Bonsai are: bonsai which have been recognized as being ‘cultural assets of the entire nation’, such as those with unique forms and species, those that are academically valuable, those that have legends and traditions, and those that have high value in Japanese history. The Nippon Bonsai Association has identified valuable bonsai with high value for preservation scattered throughout Japan, examined them, and registered them after the owner’s application.”
   (From the Nippon Bonsai Association Facebook)

The system for registering Kicho Bonsai was established in 1980 by the Nippon Bonsai Association and as of April 2023, 1,263 bonsai have been registered.
    (From the Nippon Bonsai Association Website)

Also, the first bonsai to become a Kicho Bonsai, or Bonsai of cultural importance, is the Chinese Quince owned by former Japanese Prime Ministers Nobusuke Kishi and Eisaku Satō. It is now part of the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Collection. We hope you view it in our Bonsai Garden along with these Bonsai in the exhibit.

■Dates: Fri. December 1 to Wed. December 6, 2023
■Venue: Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama, Lobby, Collection Gallery
■Exhibition Items: 9
■Hosted by: Nippon Bonsai Association and the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama



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