In 2001, Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) established its most prestigious award — The Circle ofSenseiAwardto honor those individuals who have influenced the bonsai world by being teachers of the bonsai art form and by their dedication and commitment to bonsai in California. Here are the recipients of The Circle of Sensei Award since 2001:
The award consists of a round medallion with the outline of the State of California and the GSBF logo at its center and an accompanying certificate.
The wording on the certificate reads:
“The Circle of Sensei is to honor those who have honored the Bonsai world by being teachers of the art. The highest calling that a human being can attain is the passing on to future generations the knowledge and skill of those who have gone before. The award is meant for those who have exhibited in California a commitment to Bonsai and an innate skill that is universally acknowledged and appreciated.”
John Y. Naka
Yoneo “Johnny” Uchida