World Bonsai Day (WBD)
(every 2nd Saturday of May)
A history of the celebration and influential figure behind it
SABURO KATO (サブロウ カトウ)
The Spirit and Soul of International Bonsai
(May 15, 1915 - February 8, 2008)
"WE ARE UNITED IN THE BROTHERHOOD OF BONSAI."
-MASTER SABURO KATO
Originally started to honor Bonsai Master Saburo Kato's mission for peace through bonsai, World Bonsai Day is a cornerstone of the bonsai community. Bonsai is an opportunity to separate from the anxieties of the world – a chance for bonsai artists or admirers to collect their thoughts, practice mindfulness and find inner peace which they can then focus outward. We hope that during this time of war, violence and unrest in our human history, you have been able to find peace through bonsai and help spread it to the world.
For the first time in two years, we at the National Bonsai Foundation are able to celebrate World Bonsai Day in person. If you are in the Washington, D.C. are, we hope you will join us! You can find the full agenda here. For those of you who wish to celebrate virtually, we have crated this page filled with content and activities for bonsai lovers of all ages!