Aki Matsuri: Autumn Festival (& Moon Viewing ! ) November 4, 2017

The National Arboretum hosts this annual family-friendly day of bonsai demonstrations, tours, book signings, kimono modeling, vendors and more.  I’ll be signing copies of The Peace Tree from Hiroshima along with two other bonsai book authors:  Ann McClellan (Bonsai & Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty) and Stephen Voss (In Training).  The Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the Arboretum just re-opened its Japanese Pavilion, which has been several years in the making.  It alone is worth the trip.

Also, the Japan-America Society of Washington DC sponsors the Otsukimi Moon viewing that evening – the annual exclusive nighttime opening of the Arboretum.  At Otsukimi visitors will celebrate the ancient custom of admiring the Harvest Moon.  Attendees may bring their own picnic or order a bento through the Society.

Otsukimi Activities for the whole family will include:
– National Bonsai & Penjing Museum open from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. BOOK SIGNING by trio     of authors, listed above.
– Koto music from the Washington Toho Koto Society
– Traditional Shinto Kagura dance performed by Rev. Kuniko Kanawa
– Haiku writing
– Shodo (calligraphy), origami, lantern-making, and other children’s games
– Sake tasting
– Mochitsuki (mochi-pounding)
When: Saturday, November 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: National Arboretum (2400 R St NE)
Admission: $15 for JASWDC/NBF/FONA Members, $25 for Non-Members
Free for children 15 and under


A Celebration of Japanese Bonsai: Forty Years and Going Strong

Japanese Pavilion Rededication at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

Friday, October 6th, 5 – 7:30 pm

U.S. National Arboretum

Book signing (This event is not open to the general public)

RECENT EVENTS (In reverse chronological order)

Bonsai and Penjing – Small Trees, Big Stories.  Thursday, Sept. 7th, 2017 (11 am)

US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Enjoy and up-close and in-depth experience at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the US National Arboretum.  Three Washington, DC, area authors share their bonsai experiences in an illustrated panel presentation, followed by a bonsai demonstration by the museum’s assistant curator.  Expand your knowledge, awareness and understanding of these enchanting miniature trees and what goes into creating them and caring for them.



Thursday, December 8th, 2016 (7 pm)

“All About Bonsai: Stories, Inspiration, Art,” a panel discussion by two authors and a photographer whose books focus on the National Aboretum’s bonsai collection, will present their works at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library.  Sandy Moore, author of “The Peace Tree from Hiroshima:  The Little Bonsai with a Big Story,” will discuss the evolution of book for children.

Aki Matsuri, Autumn Festival.  Bonsai & Beyond.  Saturday, October 15, 2016.  U.S. National Arboretum

Tours of the newly renovated Japanese Bonsai pavillion and bonsai demonstrations; cultural activities including music, Kimono modeling, and hands-on children’s activities; Japanese food and drink, plus book signings by author Sandra Moore (The Peace Tree of Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story ) author Ann McClellan (Bonsai and Penjing, Ambassadors of Peace & Beautyand photographer Stephen Voss (In Training). 

Monday, May 9th, 2016.  Tour of National Arboretum’s Bonsai and Penjing Museum with members of the Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly.  This will be the first opportunity Kazumi Wilds and Sandra Moore (illustrator and author of The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story) to meet the distinguished Mr. Yasuo Yamaki, whose family’s gift of their beloved white pine inspired their story.  (Not open to the public).

Tuesday, May 10th.   Sandy Spring Friends School, Olney, Maryland.  Book talk and signing for Lower School students.

Wednesday, May 11th.  Lowell School in Washington, D.C.  Book talk and signing for Lower School students as part of annual Lowell School Book Fair.

Thursday, May 12th. Time TBA.  Takoma Park Maryland Library.  Book talk and signing.

Friday, May 13th.  Friends Community School.  Book talk and signing for 3th and 4th graders.

March 16th.  Family Reading Night, Deerfield Run Elementary School

Book talk and signing.


Book talk and signing at Japan Culture Day, Saturday, March 12th, 1:00 PM.

Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine

Japan Culture Day is sponsored by the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange, along with the Patten Free Library, and The Mustard Seed Bookstore !


Just in time for the holidays, Sandra Moore will be signing copies of The Peace Tree from Hiroshima the next three Saturdays at these exciting venues:

Politics and Prose, Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28th, 5 to 7 pm (Sandra Moore will be signing books in the children’s department).

Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler GalleryDec. 5, 2 to 4 pm.

TROHV Home & Gifts/ Takoma Park Book Fair, Dec. 12, 2 to 5 pm.  Sandra will be one of 25 Takoma Park and Silver Spring authors who will be signing their new books.  Free wine and hot cider.


Book Signing & Read-Aloud
Saturday, October 17th, 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Barnes and Noble, Rockville Maryland

From 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Sandra Moore will sign copies of “The Peace Tree from Hiroshima:  The Little Bonsai with a Big Story”.  At 3:00 pm, Ms. Moore will read the story aloud in the children’s section at the back of the store.


Book Talk and Signing

Sunday September 20, 9:30 am
Busboys and Poets, Takoma Park, MD

Join us as we jump start the celebration of World Peace Day, which officially begins at the United Nations and around the world on September 21st.  The Peace Tree from Hiroshima Author Sandra Moore and illustrator Kazumi Wilds will be on hand for a short talk and book signing.   The book is recommended for readers ages 7 to 12.


Book Signing
Brooklyn Book Festival, Children’s Day
Saturday, September 19, morning
MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn, New York

For its 10th Anniversary, the Brooklyn Book Festival presents a Children’s Day for children ages 2 – 11. Come enjoy authors and illustrators in readings, performances and workshops as they present cool new and beloved children’s books. Have fun with costumed characters, join music performances, and browse a Children’s Marketplace of booksellers, all in a beautiful urban park setting.  The Peace Tree from Hiroshima author Sandra Moore and illustrator Kazumi Wilds look forward to meeting you in the Children’s Marketplace.

Book Signing
Saturday July 25th, 1 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, Maine

Come learn about the nearly 400-year old bonsai tree at the National Arboretum in Washington — born in the Japan in the days of castles and Samurai, and given to the United States by the Japanese people after World War II as a gesture of friendship and reconciliation.  Author of “The Peace Tree from Hiroshima:  The Little Bonsai with a Big Story” will be at the library to sign books.

World Bonsai Day Open House
Saturday May 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
National Arboretum
, Washington, DC

World Bonsai Day celebrates Saburo Kato’s belief that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace.  This is certainly true for author Sandra Moore and illustrator Kazumi Wilds who have become close friends in collaborating on their picture book, The Peace Tree from Hiroshima.  Both Sandra and Kazumi were on hand to greet friends and bonsai enthusiasts — and sign books — at the National Arboretum on May 9th.  With the help of hosts Johann Klodzen, Executive Director of the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF), and Jack Sustic, curator of the Bonsai and Penjing Museum, visitors were able to “meet” the story’s protagonist, the 400-year old Yamaki pine, and tour the NBF’s collection.