October 1997 Donato cooperate with Studio Botanico school
in organizing a study journey to Japan, the puprpouse
was visiting the most famous Bonsai gardens, the prestigious
Taikanten exhibition in Kyoto and attending an intensive
workshop held by the grand master Masahiko Kimura.
Donato won many national and international prizes.
From 1996 he is an official I.B.S. Bonsai instructor,
and he was twice elected board member of the I.B.S. association.
On 2003 he was elected president of Bonsai Blu club of