Bonsai Exhibit 2011
On September 10th and 11th, the Ottawa Bonsai Society held its ninth annual Bonsai Exhibit at the Embassy of Japan auditorium.
Minister Fumio Yawata attended the opening ceremony and expressed the Embassy's pleasure for hosting another remarkable Bonsai Exhibit. He also remarked on the six-month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan this past March. "Today, while my country is indeed on a slow but steady path towards recovery, we must never forget the human dimension of this disaster and the need to strike a balance between Mother Nature and mankind." In light of this reminder, the Bonsai Exhibit was a fitting way in which to honour the balance between nature and humans.
Approximately 50 wonderful bonsai trees were on display at the two-day event. A live demonstration was given each afternoon and proved to be very popular with the guests. Step-by-step instruction was given on forming a bonsai from an uncultivated tree.
Over 400 people visited the Embassy to see the beautiful creations.