World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience

Pacific Bonsai Museum’s special exhibition for 2020 and 2021, World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience, traces the cultural practice of bonsai in location and time—in Japan and in the United States, from the pre-war WWII period, through wartime, amid incarceration, and at peace. With bonsai, artifacts, documents, and photographs, the exhibition shares the little-known stories of the people who ingeniously and courageously cared for bonsai, shared their art, and spurred a flourishing, global practice despite overwhelming hardships. Exhibition on view now through October 2021.

Exhibition Overview

Watch a short video introducing the exhibition.

Video Documentation

If you can’t make it into the Museum (due to covid, or any other issue), Momiji-en En Bonsai & Garden has kindly documented the whole exhibition for you. Watch on YouTube.


Click on the Resource List images to open a PDF listing suggested sources of further information on topics presented in this exhibition.

Past Exhibits

Stone Images X

OCT 15, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020

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Principles of Design

MAY 11 – OCT 15, 2019

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Stone Images IX

OCT 16 – DEC 16, 2018

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Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design

APR 21 – SEPT 30, 2018

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stone images vii

MAR 26 – APR 24, 2016

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APR 8 – OCT 8, 2017

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MAY 8 – SEP 30, 2015

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Stone Images VIII

FEB 18 – MAR 26, 2017

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APR 30 – OCT 2, 2016

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Stone Images Vi

APR 3 – MAY 3, 2015

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