About Me

My name is Julian Tsai. I’m currently an apprentice at Fujikawa Kouka-en. After getting increasingly involved and hooked over the past few years I decided to make the jump and commit to pursuing bonsai as a career.
I hope this blog can serve as a resource, not only for my readers but one for me to meet people and broaden my opportunities.


I began my interest in bonsai in summer of 2014. At the time I was an avid surf fisher hitting local Southern California beaches to catch perch, croakers, and the occasional shark. On my last outing instead of hooking any PRs, I found a large rock reminiscent of a mountain caught in the whitewater of the surf. Immediately I thought a tree would look cool on it and in my efforts to see if I could do so, I found bonsai. I was hooked.

Bonsai has since become a huge part and passion of my life. It’s a creative outlet for me where I can pursue horticulture, art, and instill patience and perspective in my values. There really is nothing else like it out there and I hope to integrate it in my life for many years to come.


Apprentice at Fujikawa Kouka-en
August 2018–

Harry Hirao GSBF Award Recepient
October 2018

UC Riverside BS in Material Science and Engineering
June 2018

Argonne National Lab Researcher
June 2017

Bontsai created
December 2016