World War Bonsai, Remembrance & resilience

World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience

Pacific Bonsai Museum’s special exhibition for 2020 and 2021, World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience, traced 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 shared 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.


Video Introduction

Watch a short video introducing the exhibition with Curator’s voiceover.

Film by Bonsai Mirai

Watch a short film featuring Curator Aarin Packard and featured exhibit artist, Erin Shigaki.

Video Documentation

If you can’t make it into the Museum, Momiji-en En Bonsai & Garden has kindly documented the whole exhibition for you. Watch on YouTube.

Photos from the Exhibition

Read & Learn

View sample pages and purchase the exhibition catalog.

View a PDF listing suggested sources of further information on topics presented in this exhibition.