Tsutomu Nomoto started Nomoto Chinshou-en on his birthday in 1973. Bonsai had been a family hobby for several generations but it wasn’t until Tsutomu turned away from veterinary medicine – the default line of work for his family – that the hobby became a business. Tsutomu studied at Nakanishi Chinshou-en in Shikoku’s Kinashi bonsai district (more at “Nakanishi Chinshoen“). Following his apprenticeship, Tsutomu returned to his native Miyazaki and opened Nomoto Chinshou-en.
What a tidy nursery!
I first learned about Nomoto Chinshou-en from Tsutomu’s son, Daisaku. Daisaku was one of Boon Manakitivipart’s senpai at Aichi prefecture’s Kihachi-en. Today Daisaku runs the family business with his father. Here’s some of Daisaku’s work.
Root over rock chojubai
Exposed root chojubai
Exposed root white pine
Informal upright white pine
White pine with hollow trunk
Exposed root cascade white pine
Inside the nursery’s workshop is a single tokonoma. It was filled, the day I visited, with a needle juniper, scroll and accent.
In addition to the nursery’s many pines and chojubai were a variety of other trees.
More on the nursery’s junipers this Friday.
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