Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end but, it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Posted: July 23, 2018 in Apprentice life, Bonsai, Uncategorized
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I would first like to apologize for the lack of content for a long time. It isn’t without reason but, I’m not going to into that right now. What I would like to say though, is that I have now been in Japan for five years now, it has been a roller coaster of up’s and down’s to say the least. I have a lot of respect for anyone who comes and does any length of time as a full apprentice. I believe no matter where you do your apprenticeship it is never an easy task, everyone sacrifices a lot and it can only ever be taken a step at a time.

After all this time, I’m proud to say that I have received my certificate from the Nihon Bonsai Kyōkai/Japan Bonsai Association and I have finished my apprenticeship.

I would like to thank Oyakata, Daiju-en Oyakata, fellow apprentices that have we have worked together and soldiered through, all friends who have helped and supported me and my loving family in the United Kingdom. Most of all I would like to thank my wonderful loving wife and our children, without your help & love this most truly wouldn’t of been possible and makes it all worth doing.

The title of this post is a quote from Winston Churchill, who needs no introduction at least back home anyway. I thought it was slightly apt as, although my time as an apprentice has finished the start is only in sight and from now my hope is only to continue to support my family doing what I love, spreading bonsai where I can. Yoroshiku onigaishimasu!

  1. John Wright says:

    Hi John,

    What a fantastic thing to achieve, I feel honoured to have had your “vision” on a couple of my trees…

    Top man,

    John Wright

  2. John Trott says:

    Congratulations John
    I never thought for one minute that you you would not achieve your dream…..the dream from your early life has reached fruition!
    Wish you all the best on behalf your friends in this part of the world.
    You will always be welcome back be it work or pleasure.
    Keep in contact
    John T

  3. Frank says:

    Congratulations my friend!
    Brilliant achievement!!!

  4. Dan Barton says:

    Brilliant John — congratulations and best wishes for your future.

  5. Tony Tickle says:

    Well done John, all the hard work and sacrifice has been worth it!

  6. Mozzy says:

    Congratulations John. I marvel at your dedication. You were good before you left for Japan. I can only imagine what you will be capable of now!

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