The Circle of Sensei Award

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.”

2001
Harry Hirao
Mas Imazumi
John Y. Naka

2002
Khan Komai
Tosh Saburomaru
George Yamaguchi
George Yamasaki

2003
Katsumi Kinoshita
Masashi Moriguchi
Ben Oki
Yoneo “Johnny” Uchida

2004
Hideko Metaxas
Hiroshi Suzuki

2005
Frank Goya
Shig Miya
Richard Ota

2006
Haruo Tao
Roberta Walters

2007
Jim Barrett
Mas Takanashi

2009
Jimmy Inadomi
Mas Ishii

2010
Kathy Shaner

2011
Leila Kusumi

2012
Dennis Makishima

2013
Warren Hill