His love for bonsai led him to become a bonsai garden owner.
Mr. Isami Sogabe, the owner of the garden, originally ran an ironworks and enjoyed bonsai as a hobby. After retiring from work at the age of 60, he decided to spend his second life as a professional bonsai grower and is now active as a producer of Akaishi Goyomatsu.
Originally, I started bonsai as a hobby while working, but as I learned more about the depth of bonsai, I decided I wanted to devote my life to it.
Mr. Sogabe, who has been an enthusiast for many years, has not only the skills to make bonsai, but also the eye to see through the materials. The garden is filled with bonsai that have been created by finding diamonds in the rough and finishing them with advanced techniques.
Good sense in selecting tree species and creating tree shapes
However, Mr. Sogabe is a bonsai enthusiast and has handled a wide variety of trees, which makes him a unique professional in this area.
The idea of creating bonsai is also interesting, and there are some pine trees that I have never seen before.
There were also some garden stones such as Benin Stone from Ehime Prefecture. The culture of enjoying strange shapes is similar to that of bonsai.
The culmination of a life of making things
At the Iyo Mizukien, there are many bonsai that convince Mr. Sogabe that sense is important in bonsai.
Mr. Sogabe has been involved in manufacturing as a manager of an ironworks. He has a unique background as the owner of a bonsai production area. I feel that his spirit is also utilized in the creation of bonsai.
Why don't you visit Iyo Mizukien, which is full of skilled techniques, passion, and above all, love for bonsai?
Iyo Mizuki Garden�@Isami Sogabe
- 1416-6, Kou Ueno, Doi-cho, Shikokuchuo-shi, Ehime Prefecture