Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

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Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  BigDave on Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:22 am

Bonsai Friends and Family,

I am so proud to introduce a new talent in bonsai, to the world.

One year ago, my friend and student Martha Choy mentioned her
dream of study in Japan. The more we talked about it the more real it became.
Investigation found that there are several short term bonsai study
possibilities available. Start time is very flexible, and cost is
reasonable.


Many Folks have gone to Japan to study, The
benefits to their clubs and the bonsai community have been huge. With the advice and help of Mr. Peter Tea, she has chosen the amazing nursery of Junichiro Tanaka...Achien.



Here is the proposal:

We will support Martha Choy with
fundraising to go to Japan to study in March 2013. To date 3000 dollars have been pledged by the bonsai community.


What is the cost of a short term apprenticeship in
Japan, I’m sure you are wondering? 300, 000 yen.
That include 3 meals and accommodations and tuition, everything. Add some
for travel expense and it comes to a bit more than $4000.


So...Who is Martha Choy?


1 Very unique. She is Crazy about
bonsai. She is a devoted mother and a wife. Her family is completely
behind this endeavour.


2 She is a Mexican citizen. Which gives this an
international angle, two clubs to support her, two countries. She travels to the USA multiple times a month to study bonsai currently. She has been involved
many years- here and in Mexico. She has led her local club as president. She speaks Spanish, English and is taking
classes in Japanese. Language will be no barrier.


3. She is a hard worker; I believe she will have
the stamina for the hard work as an apprentice in Japan. I’ve seen her in
action many times, she is the perfect candidate, she is tireless, strong, and willing
to do anything asked of her.


Lastly what in it for us? We get:

1. Pride to have sent one of our
own to be trained, we are proud to have
helped someone who is such a good and caring person.


2. The knowledge she brings back
will be unmatched. Many of the recent
improvements to the Bonsai community have been due to students bringing back
knowledge learned as apprentices of Bonsai
teacher in Japan.


So I am proud to give to Martha and wish her well
on her bonsai adventure.

Martha now has a website and a blog. She has promised to keep us updated with
interesting tidbits from Japan while she is there. Cant wait.



Would you please go to her site and make a little donation. She is currently around a 1000 short of her
goal with a month to go. Any little bit
would really help. All donations will be
noted on her donor page, and will have the gratitude of this special Lady.


http://www.marthachoy.info/

Good Growing,
Big Dave





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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  leatherback on Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:31 am

Nice! Very happy to see someone so dedicated to have the oppertunity to go to Japan and study bonsai there. Have you guys looked at crowdfunding websites too? http://www.crowdfunding.com/. And maybe talk to clubs in the area asking whether they would be willing to sponsor; In return Martha could afterwards hold lectures at those clubs showing a slideshow of impressions and perhaps share some techniques she learned

J.

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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  BigDave on Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:46 pm

Hi Leatherback,
Thanks for the positive comment. Yes the State Federation (GSBF) has been generous. I like your suggestion,but I am sure the bonsai community will come through for Martha !

good Growing,
big D

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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  BigDave on Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:22 pm

Thank you so much those who have already responded, the bonsai community is amazing !


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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  BigDave on Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:41 pm

Thanks again to everyone, we have raised just about enough

YOU that helped, will be rewarded in some way, I'm sure of it !

So have you ever dreamed of study in Japan? Maybe we can help you... Very Happy

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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  JimLewis on Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:52 pm

Good luck to her.

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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  Jkd2572 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:31 pm

Reward us buy convincing her to update her blog in her travels. Good luck!


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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  BigDave on Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:26 am

Will Do, Mr Jeremy Dickson,

You are a great citizen sir, thank you for your gift to Martha...
Very Happy

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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  BigDave on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:55 am

JimLewis wrote:Good luck to her.
Thank you Jim

Here is a letter from Martha...



To all Members and Supporters,

I wish to thank
all of you that helped to sponsor me to study Bonsai to Japan. I am very excited for all your comments and
support, especially for the confidence you all have in me.

For me, Bonsai is
not only the design and growth of trees but embodies a whole culture and
lifestyle. Permitting me to go to Japan
leaves me in direct contact with the culture, people and Bonsai. This allows me to become an importer of the
new techniques and procedures from firsthand Bonsai artists.

Upon my return, I pledge to share with all of
you my experience and hopefully participate actively in Bonsai activities for
years to come.


Again, thank you.
Martha Choy

www.marthachoy.com

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Martha is over there and having fun

Post  BigDave on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:51 am

email from Martha Choy..

Hi Big Dave.
Nagoya is a fantastic experience. The Ollacata (highest degree master), Mr. Tanaka is very friendly and is always with is. If we don't ask questions he doesn't answer but he understands that westerners like to have things explained so when he gave instructions on black pines, he said what we should do and what shouldn't be done ever.

The Sempai (the student with highest level Peter Tea) is always teaching us things and saying why we should do things. All the time is learning and working. The funny thing is that I work on trees, but when it's time to water, I walk with the Sempai. No apprentice is permited to water. This task is considered important, intelligent and dangerous because the tree's life depends on it.

The house, the food and the work envirinment is incredible. Working hours are heavy. 7- breakfast, 8 to 12 work, luch 1 , work 3 to 6, dinner 6:45 then work until 9. Then we take our showers and go to bed, no apprentice has time off during the first 2 weeks and then one day but here time passes quickly.

I am very happy that you sent me here. Say hello to everyone.
Marth

Check here work etc at http://www.marthachoy.info/-blog.html

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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  Jkd2572 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:50 am

Thanks for the feed back. Look forward to more.

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Re: Martha Choy Project- Bonsai Study in Japan

Post  BigDave on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:15 pm

Jkd2572 wrote:Thanks for the feed back. Look forward to more.

Thanks Mr. Dickson, you are very supportive, and Martha appreciates it mucho !


Martha in Japan, tired and happy


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RIP

Post  dorothy7774 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:55 pm

Rest in peace, Big Dave! My condolences to family and friends, as well as to the San Diego Bonsai Society. So sad.

Dorothy Schmitz

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