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The North American Bonsai Federation (NABF) welcomes you to the new website. North America (Canada and United States) is one of the nine member regions of the world forming the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF). NABF was organized in 1989 to represent all bonsai and suiseki individuals and organizations in North America (Canada and the United States) as a constituent part of WBFF. NABF's purpose therefore is to carry out WBFF's mission of fostering peace, friendship and goodwill in the world through bonsai and related art forms.



Artist Bjorn Bjorholm Selected To Represent The NABF At The 2017 WBFF Convention In Japan

Bjorn photoThe Executive Committee of the North American Bonsai Federation is pleased to announce that bonsai artist Bjorn Bjorholm of Knoxville, Tennessee has been selected to represent the North American Region at the World Bonsai Convention in Saitama City, Japan, August 27 - 30, 2017.

At its meeting in October, the World Bonsai Friendship Federation announced that four main Japanese headliners as well as nine young Japanese artists would appear as featured demonstrators at the Saitama convention. In addition, the committee ask each of the eight WBFF regions to select an artist from their respective regions to be featured on the program.


Although many talented North American artists were considered, the NABF Executive Committee decided to make Mr. Bjorholm its choice. "He is an excellent young artist and meets all the qualifications," said Solita Rosade, NABF president. "In addition, he speaks Japanese fluently and will be able to explain, teach and demonstrate in both Japanese and English."


Bjorn Bjorholm was born and raised at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee in the United States. He was first introduced to bonsai at the age of thirteen, and by sixteen he had helped found the Knoxville Bonsai Society and the regional Tennessee Bonsai Exhibition. After finishing university in 2008, Bjorn began a formal bonsai apprenticeship under Keiichi Fujikawa, owner of Kouka-en nursery in Osaka, Japan.

During his apprenticeship, Bjorn's works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten, and Taikan-ten exhibitions, as well as in many international exhibitions in the US and Europe. In 2015, Bjorn received certification as a bonsai professional from the Japanese Bonsai Association and launched his business, Bjorvala Bonsai Studio, which provides bonsai, related art, and services to the global community.


Additionally, for nearly six months each year, Bjorn travels internationally to conduct bonsai workshops, demonstrations and presentations to groups in the US, Europe and Asia. Bjorn currently resides in Osaka, Japan and continues to work at Kouka-en nursery in addition to operating his own business.




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