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An excerpt from Saburo Kato's Bonsai no kokoro ("Spirit/heart of bonsai") speech in 1980.

Everyone here has gathered together from distant places. In each of your countries you have mountains, rivers, woods and forests. These are beautiful scenes to inspire you. Choose the most beautiful examples for your bonsai. Do not just copy anything. Rather, make your bonsai like the best parts of nature.

To raise bonsai it is very important to learn the strong and weak points of each plant. Raising bonsai is like raising children. Be a teacher and a guide but with patience and loving care. Treat your plants as you do your family. I'm sure that each of you will also be able to create and grow beautiful bonsai.

Bonsai is a living thing in the roots and even in the leaves. Every day that you are attending your bonsai, although the plant cannot speak to you, you'll sense that the plant is trying to tell you something. You'll one day know a plant is asking for water or fertilizer. When you come to that stage, you'll have developed a close bond. Bonsai responds to your love and becomes like honest friends with no human falsehood or betrayals.

Bonsai are loyal if you water and fertilize regularly with loving care. Life is more meaningful when we attend these little plants. We learn the essence and dignity of life! Even the life of a bonsai is older than us. So bonsai must be passed on to the next generation to preserve the life in the tray. This is important.

Bonsai is a god-given gift to man. This form of nature is closest to man and portrays the drama of life. Bonsai is nature without an end. So those who grow bonsai have a responsibility to be diligent and a duty to continue to carry on. In conclusion, I hope that the art of bonsai will never die and will keep the torch of peace burning throughout the world. I hope closer and deeper friendships will tie us together.
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translated/adapted by David Fukumoto, shared with his express permission for IBC

WELCOME TO WBFF OFFICIAL WEBSITE

We’re an enthusiastic group of individuals brought together by a common passion - pure love of bonsai. 

Our pioneers worked tirelessly to establish a federation back in 1970, to unite the world bonsai community.

 Have a look at what we’ve got coming up, and if you’re interested in knowing more about WBFF? 

simply get in touch with us.

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Our Objectives

To promote and diffuse throughout the world, bonsai a living art that can be appreciated by all peoples.

To sponsor and promote World Bonsai Convention (WBC) once every four years.

To exchange knowledge, technology, information, and related matters to the art of bonsai among countries of the world, thus advancing international friendship and goodwill.

WBFF promotes World Peace Through Bonsai 

Image courtesy of 王聰賢  Impressive natural heritage  -  Yamadori Juniperus squamata Lambert var.Images taken at Yushan National Park, Taiwan.

Our Journey

Upcoming Highlight Events

  • 2024, 1st WBFF Regional Convention & PPBI Piala Presiden Bonsai & Suiseki Indonesia at Surabaya
    2024, 1st WBFF Regional Convention & PPBI Piala Presiden Bonsai & Suiseki Indonesia at Surabaya
    Thu, Jul 04
    Surabaya
    Jul 04, 2024, 7:00 PM GMT+7 – Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM GMT+7
    Surabaya, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono No.89, Gn. Sari, Kec. Dukuhpakis, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60225, Indonesia
    Jul 04, 2024, 7:00 PM GMT+7 – Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM GMT+7
    Surabaya, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono No.89, Gn. Sari, Kec. Dukuhpakis, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60225, Indonesia
    Indonesia largest Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition happening in Surabaya Indonesia.
  • 2024 WBFF AGM at Surabaya Indonesia
    2024 WBFF AGM at Surabaya Indonesia
    Thu, Jul 04
    Surabaya
    Jul 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Surabaya, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono No.89, Gn. Sari, Kec. Dukuhpakis, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60225, Indonesia
    Jul 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Surabaya, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono No.89, Gn. Sari, Kec. Dukuhpakis, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60225, Indonesia
    Welcome to AGM 2024 for all WBFF Board Members and International Consultants
  • 2024 Worldwide World Bonsai Day - all Bonsai Clubs & Bonsai Museum
    2024 Worldwide World Bonsai Day - all Bonsai Clubs & Bonsai Museum
    According to respective organizer
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    According to respective organizer
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    According to respective organizer
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  • 2025 10th WBC Warming up event at Taiwan
    2025 10th WBC Warming up event at Taiwan
    Time is tentatively Nov 2025
    Taiwan
    Time is tentatively Nov 2025
    Taiwan
    Time is tentatively Nov 2025
    Taiwan
    In 2025, Taiwan will host the 10th WBC Warming Up Bonsai Exhibition and the National Hua Fung Exhibition (華風展), the warming-up event is sponsored by Mr. Chen Tsang Shing of Taiwan. We appreciate his contribution to the WBFF financial account.
  • 2026 10th WORLD BONSAI CONVENTION
    2026 10th WORLD BONSAI CONVENTION
    Fri, Aug 28
    Kuala Lumpur
    Aug 28, 2026, 7:00 AM GMT+8
    Kuala Lumpur, 2, Persiaran Jalil 8, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Aug 28, 2026, 7:00 AM GMT+8
    Kuala Lumpur, 2, Persiaran Jalil 8, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    10th World Bonsai Convention, Unity In Diversity
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