The club meets on the third Friday of each month (except May and December) at the
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI), 1964 W 162nd St, Gardena 90247 (West of Western Blvd.) 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


2022 Board of Directors

Doyle Saito
President / Program Chair

Jason Saito
1st Vice President

2nd Vice President

CJ Levinstein
Membership Chair / Treasurer

Joan Shiosaki
Corresponding Secretary

Fundraising Chair

Carol Takahashi

Kevin Sweeney
Benefit Draw Chair

Barry Miller
Hospitality / Club Photographer

Dan Sawada

 Michael Izumoto
Website / Social Media


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.