As I write this, news is spreading of the passing of Harry Hirao at 98 years of age. Harry has meant so much to the bonsai world, particularly in southern California. He has touched us all with his talent and tremendous energy throughout his wonderful, long life.
I will always remember my first California juniper dig with Harry in October of 2009. He was a mere 93 years old at the time and walked up and down the hills with the agility of a much younger man. Everyone that knew him has many fond memories, including the knowledge and advice that he so freely shared with us.
In honor of Harry I’m going to do some trimming on my California junipers, and remember his dedication to making these junipers so famous throughout the world. He was known as “Mr. California Juniper”, and we will miss his presence in our bonsai world.
Services for Harry will be Aug 4 at 4pm at:
The Orange County Buddist Church
909 S. Dale Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92804