Here is the tree yesterday after I decandled it. The pull of traditional design is very strong. We see images of finished trees designed in a trtaaditionally Japanese style all the time. It is undeniably beautiful but not the only way. Mirai style is proof of that. The bottom line is that you should like your trees and have fun with bonsai. For some people viewing bonsai as a craft and mastering the techniques that produce a reliably beautiful traditional bonsai is all that they need. One of the main reasons I arrived at bonsai is my attraction and curiosity for the unusual. Although I like Japanese culture, bonsai to me has never been a subset of it. So as my aesthetic sensibilities in bonsai evolved, naturally it takes more and more away from seeing bonsai as a craft and more as an art and a source of experimentation. All positions in between are accepted too. There is no right or wrong in terms of aesthetics. Treat it as art or craft. Do crazy stuff or cookie cutter trees. Love the S shape or hate it. Love the scalene triangle or hate it. Invent a story of how this is what this species looks in nature, or how a thunder hit the tree, or how it grows in a cliff - or don’t. As long as the result pleases the viewer. It also depends to what extent one derives satisfaction from others liking the results of your bonsai work. None of this really matters. Funny, also in terms of technique the same is true in many more ways that people like to accept, trees are tough. Anyway. Long ramble, here is the picture. In the fall I plan to cut to internal growth on these largely elongated branches. Funny enough after all the long ramble and despite the experimental pot, I envision this tree rather traditional-looking.
Take care and bonsai on.