Born in 1936 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter. He is one of Japan's most successful and internationally recognized graphic designers and artists. He began his career as a stage designer for avantgarde theatre in Tokyo. In the late 1960s he became interested in mysticism and psychedelic, deepened by travels in India. His complex and multi-layered imagery is intensely autobiographical and entirely original. By the late 60s he had already achieved international recognition for his work and was included in the 1968 "Word & Image" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Four years later MoMA mounted a solo exhibition of his graphic work organized by Mildred Constantine. In 1981 he unexpectedly "retired" from commercial work and took up painting. His career as a fine artist continues to this day with numerous exhibitions of his paintings every year, but alongside this he remains fully engaged and prolific as a graphic designer.