Because Chokunyu's uncle, Watanabe Hohto was Tanomura Chikuden's teacher, he entered Chikuden's painting school. Tanomura was good at composing Chinese poems, Neo-Confucianism, Zen practices, Japanese tea ceremony, incense burning, swordplay and using spear.
After the Meiji Restoration, Tanomura participated in establishing the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting and he became the first school principal. In 1896, Chokunyu established the Nihon Nanga-In in cooperation with Tomioka Tessai and Taniguchi Aizan. He helped to organize many art exhibitions and was honored on many occasions. Tanomura first modeled his painting style after his teacher's but later absorbed old techniques and was especially good in minute description of landscapes.
A Two-Fold Paper Screen1895
A PAIR OF SIX-FOLD PAINTED SCREENS MEIJI PERIOD1881
Fishing boat in Autumn1902
Landscape Hanging scroll