As a young man Honma was a soldier in the Japanese air force. After an accident caused a loss of sight in one eye, he was forced to resign. His uncle and adopted father, the esteemed bamboo artist Honma Kazuaki had no heir so Honma, who loved to draw and work with his hands, stepped in to carry on the family's bamboo business.
On his native Sado Island, Honma is inspired by the abundant natural beauty. Bamboo provides a vehicle for expressing his passion and appreciation for the plants and animals that surround him in his daily life. He uses menya, a type of soft, pliable bamboo, that only grows on the island.
In addition to practicing karate and tea ceremony, Honma balances his devotion to his family with a commitment to community, spending much of his time as an advocate of local culture. Recently he has re-dedicated himself to developing his distinctive style, separate from his well-known father.
His work is included in the collection of the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art.