The club meets on the third Friday of each month (except May and December) at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center, 1670 W. 162nd st., Gardena, at 7:00 pm. Each meeting features a bonsai demonstration, and a benefit raffle drawing. The public is welcome, and families are encouraged to attend. Our annual bonsai show and sale is held on the second weekend in May, where members and invited artists are encouraged to show off their best trees.

You can learn more about Dai ichi Bonsai Kai, by attending our meetings, and by visiting and liking our Facebook page at


2019 Board of Directors

Jason Saito
President / Newsletter / Website / Social Media

Doyle Saito
1st Vice President / Program Chair

Robert King
2nd Vice President

John van de Wouw
Show Chair / Past President

CJ Levinstein
Membership Chair / Treasurer

Joan Shiozaki
Corresponding Secretary

Judy Unrine
Recording Secretary / Historian

Shirley Floresca
Fundraising Chair

Carol Takahashi

Kevin Sweeney
Benefit Drawing Chair

Barry Miller
Hospitality / Club Photographer

Dan Sawada


Founded by Leila Kusumi and the late Jim Tatsukawa, Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai (“Number One” Bonsai Club) was established in January, 1986. Our club is dedicated to promoting the art of bonsai, and takes great pride in creating a resource for bonsai enthusiasts to learn, share and grow.