Bonsai Fly to USA: A Gift in Honor of the American Bicentennial

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“These bonsai will help people in and out of the United States understand the heart of the Japanese and their deep love for nature and peace.” – Nobuyuki Kishi, Former President of the Nippon Bonsai Association

In 1975, Japan’s Nippon Bonsai Association documented the gift of 53 bonsai to the United States on 16mm film. Now, thanks to hardworking staff at the National Bonsai Foundation and the U.S. National Arboretum, the video has been restored and digitized.

Take a step back in time, and learn the story of the gift that started the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.

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