Terakawa is born in Nagasaki te Japan. At the age of fourteen he
started his Bonsai study at the Yagumo Mansei-En in Omiya. Omiya
is known as the centre of Bonsai-masters and is located 25 km
north of Tokyo. The Yagumo Mansei-En was the Bonsai-garden of
Hideo Kato. Hideo Kato, member of a Bonsai-family that is very
famous in Japan, is belonged to the greatest Bonsai-masters of
Japan and his garden contained a large collection of famous
Bonsai. Some of them even belonged to the national pieces of art
Teached by Hideo Kato,
Hotsumi Terakawa has studied
for 7 years. He lived in his masters house and worked 7 days a
week from 08.00 AM 'til 10.00 PM. It was a hard time, but also
one of the best
times of his life. After completing his study he worked for one
year as a Bonsai-artist for a private Bonsai-collector.
that he departed to the Netherlands
to maintain and create trees
at the company Lodder Vleuten BV. When he spook Dutch pretty
well, he begin to teach at Hoka-En in the evenings. Because of
his presence the art of Bonsai in the Netherlands and Belgium
has qualitative grown steadily. The Bonsai-trees in these
countries and a part if the rest of Europe show his style.
In the mean time Hotsumi got married with the Japanese wife
Masako and together they have two sons Yuho and Taiga.
number of years they lived in Ammerzoden
where he made his long-cherished dream come true: a Bonsai-garden of his own. Here he gives lessons to both
beginners and advanced pupils how to style and maintain Bonsai.
The Bonsai-garden is completely designed in the Japanese way.
The beautiful gravel-garden and the neatly displayed
Bonsai-trees create an almost serene calm in this garden. When
his sons grew up he moved with woman and children back to Japan.
then he lives in two worlds and he travels regularly back and
forth between Japan and Ammerzoden.
an independent entrepreneur now, Hotsumi come more into contact
with his customers. His image as a standoffish Bonsai-teacher
has now completely disappeared. He is more involved with his
pupils, what also appears from the foundation of the Bonsai-club
“Sho Ryu Kai”. Everybody is welcome in his garden, but pleas
give a phone call first.