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Toshio (Norio) Kobayashi – Valavanis Bonsai Weblog

I’m at all times studying one thing new.

Final week I visited the Omiya Bonsai Artwork Museum and loved a particular exhibit on Bonsai Chronicles curated by Dr. Fumio Taguchi. There have been giant photos and even accompanied with English translations. I used to be shocked that Norio Kobayashi’s first identify was talked about as “Toshio.” For over 60 years I’ve recognized this bonsai pioneer as “Norio.” He even wrote one of many first books in English with the identify Norio in 1951. Mr. Kobayashi was instrumental with the founding of the Kokufu Bonsai Membership which sponsored the primary Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition in 1934. Within the Nineteen Sixties the Kokufu Bonsai Membership reorganized to develop into the Nippon Bonsai Affiliation, present sponsor of the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibitions. He’s not associated to Kunio Kobayashi.

1927 Bonsai Exhibition

Mr. Kobayashi first revealed and edited the month-to-month journal “Bonsai” starting in 1931. This was the third bonsai journal revealed in Japan and have become essentially the most influential journal for over half a century. He revealed and edited 518 consecutive points, with the ultimate concern in October 1967.

The final concern of Bonsai Journal, No. 518 was revealed i n October 1967

Whereas on the museum, one of many curators Dr. Fumio Taguchi approached and gave me a number of copies of the English commemorative album from the particular exhibition on Yuji Yoshimura the place I introduced a program on Yuji Yoshimura in November 2019. Whereas chatting with Dr. Taguchi, I requested about Mr. Kobayashi’s first identify, which I believed was Norio. He mentioned that I’m fallacious. The right translation of his first identify is Toshio! For many years now we have been utilizing his incorrect first identify!

Mr. Kobayashi with the 518 problems with Bonsai Magazines

On the identical subject, Yuji Yoshimura’s youthful brother’s identify was Kanekazu, and his household knew him as such. However, about 20 years in the past I realized that the proper pronunciation of his identify is Kinichi. Even Mr. Yoshimura’s two daughters didn’t know their uncle’s appropriate identify. The Japanese language, particularly names, is tough. However a minimum of we are able to now start utilizing the proper pronunciations. 

Kinichi (Kanekazu) Yoshimura

Pictures courtesy of Dr. Taguchi and the Omiya Bonsai Artwork Museum.

There may be at all times new for me to be taught and share with the worldwide bonsai neighborhood.



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