CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2004 |
John Yoshio Naka, the world-renowned bonsai master who was credited with bringing the art to Western culture, has died. He was 89. Naka, a resident of Whittier, died Wednesday at Whittier Hospital Medical Center. The cause of death was not announced. Naka was widely regarded as one of the greatest bonsai masters of his time, even in Japan.
July 28, 1998 |
Imagine anew the moment in "The Graduate" when a man whispers into Dustin Hoffman's ear the magic word, the stuff of the future: not "plastics," but instead, "butterflies." The butterfly business, a raise-and-release trade, is--forgive the wordplay--taking off in California as a new tradition for weddings, funerals and memorials. Hurling rice at nuptials has fallen rather out of favor; dry rice can seriously hurt birds who eat it. Popcorn lends the festivities the air of a movie premiere.