Bjorn Bjorholm


Bjorn L Bjorholm is a bonsai artist and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan, before receiving certification as a bonsai professional by the Nippon Bonsai Association. His tenure as an apprentice at Kouka-en was followed by three years as artist-in-residence at the same location, making him the first and only foreign-born working bonsai professional in Japan. During his time in Japan, Bjorn’s works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten, and Taikan-ten exhibitions, among many others.

Although currently still based in Japan, Bjorn will permanently relocate to the United States in mid-2017 to establish his bonsai school and nursery with his Chinese-born wife, Nanxi Chen.

In addition to his work in Japan, Bjorn travels the world, from Europe to Asia to Latin America, teaching bonsai art and providing services to private clients and international organizations. He operates intensive bonsai schools with affiliate nurseries in Spain and the United States, while also working with international organizations such as Bonsai Clubs International, Black Scissors Association, and the World Bonsai Friendship Federation.

You can see more of Bjorn and his work at

The Programme

A full programme of events throughout the weekend including:

Emerging talent competition
Welcome and official opening

Demonstration by Sean Heseltine
Demonstration and tree critique by Bjorn Bjorholm
North vs South Competition
Convention dinner and Awards

4 Way Demonstration by local bonsai artists
Demonstration by Bjorn Bjorholm

Workshops with Bjorn

PLUS – over Saturday and Sunday
NZBA National Bonsai Show
Exhibition of local bonsai
Sales of bonsai and bonsai resources
Suiseki and Photographic Competitions

National Show and Competition Entry forms are available from the NZBA website here

The Location

The conference is being held in at Kiakorai Valey College, Dunedin.

Kaikorai Valley College

Registration Form

The Registration Form can be downloaded as a PDF file from here or as a Word file from here

The Workshop details and Registration Form is available here

More details will be added over the next few weeks.