African Bonsai Association
The World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) is an international non-profit organization that was inaugurated in Japan in 1989. Its mission is to promote friendship through bonsai throughout the world as a living art that can be appreciated by people everywhere.
WHO are the 9 world regional MEMBERS OF WBFF?

1. Africa - African Bonsai Association (ABA) Representing - South Africa, Mauritius, Zambia, Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt.

2. Australia and New Zealand with 79 member clubs.
The Australia and New Zealand Bonsai Friendship Federation made up of New Zealand Bonsai Association and the Association of Australian Bonsai Clubs Ltd.

3. China (including Taiwan)

4. Europe with 21 Member Countries-
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic. Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom,

European Bonsai Association

5. India - Bonsai Friendship Federation of India

6. Japan with over 6 000 members -
Nippon Bonsai

7. Asia-Pacific representing
Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia. Asia Pacific Bonsai Friendship Federation

8. Latin America representing

9. North America representing Canada and the U.S.A divided into 9 Regions representing 55 States and Counties.
North American Bonsai Federation.


Every 4 years WBFF holds a World Photo Competition. This book contains the top 203 photographs for the 2013 Competition. A total of 35 Countries entered the competition.

  • 8th World Bonsai Convention Program
As a part of carrying out its mission, the WBFF holds a World Bonsai Convention every four years, with the member regions taking turns in hosting these conventions. Previous conventions were held in Japan, the United States, South Korea, Germany and Puerto Rico, The Peoples Republic of China and the next WBC in Saitama City Japan from 27 April 2017 to 30 April 2017.
  • ABA has put together a tour for the World Bonsai Friendship Federation 8th Convention to Japan in April 2017 at an estimate of R32 000pp. Cost includes airfare, hotel accommodation and transfers from airports to Hotels. This is the Itinerary.

    22APR JNB to SINGAPORE 13h45 06h10. Overnight flight. 2 hours get connecting flight.

    23APR SINGAPORE to Haneda 08h05 15h40. 45 min bus ride to Hotel.

    24APR to 26 Mar. There appears to lots of cost effective tours around Omiya. Cost are not included, but there will be shuttle services in place for WBC8 visitors.

    Kouka-en bonsai nursery. Owned by Murata Yukio, this garden is home to several interesting trees.

    Fuyo-en. The garden, owned by Hiroshi Takeyama, guest demonstrator at ABC4. It is very beautiful and contains several Bonsai masterpieces.

    Mansei-en is a stunning garden. The masterpiece Bonsai trees are gorgeously displayed and inside the building you will find more trees displayed together with accessory plants and scrolls in the tokonoma. The garden is owned by the Kato family since the 19th century.

    The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum hosts a collection of stunning trees since it opened in 2010. The Museum also offers an insight in Bonsai history, culture, tools and pots.

    Seikou-en.The garden was founded by Mr. Yamada and his father and is the only place in Omiya to charge an entrance fee

    Toju-ena Bonsai nursery with several fine Bonsai trees.

    Hikawa-jinja Shrine. The shrine was established during the reign of Emperor Kosho in 473 BC.

    26 APR - 30 APR. WBC8. 13 Japanese Demonstrators and 8 International Demonstrators. Early bird Registration is Y35 000 (about R4900) until 31 Oct 2016. You Can REGISTER HERE.

    1MAY Haneda to Singapore. We plan to have a 2 day stop over to see Singapore. Itinerary is still being planned. 03May SIN to JNB 01h25 06h10 back home.

     PLEASE CONTACT Lynne Theodorou at or on 083 254 1022 if you are interested in joining us to go to WBC8 in Japan with the South African Group.

    • Hannes Fritz got selected to represent Africa at the 8 WBC "I was born and bred in Heidelberg (Gauteng) and have been living there my whole life (38 years).
      I have been growing bonsai since 1990 when I was only 12 years of age. My dad who is a horticulturist bought me my first bonsai book and I never looked back. My mentor was Johan Bester from Heidelberg. I visited him throughout the years and he taught me a lot.
      My favourite species to work with is Celtis sinensis and I used to prefer Japanese styles, but have developed my own unique style.
      I joined Pretoria Kai in 2005 and started my own club, Suikerbos Kai in 2013.
      I enrolled and won all the New Talent prelims and then proceeded to win the final Young Designers competition in 2006 at the Cape Town convention. My trees have been chosen as top 10 winners at various BRAT competitions.
      I am well-known in the South African Bonsai Society and have hosted workshops at various Kais throughout the country. I have also been a guest speaker at various local international conventions."
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