Born in Tokyo in 1909; died in 2000. He studied sculpture at the Tokyo Art School in 1927, but left his studies in 1930 to go to France; he returned to Japan in 1939. In 1953 he settled in Paris. During this period he made copperplate etchings but from about 1955 began producing his unique black and white and colour mezzotints. In 1957 he was awarded prizes at the São Paulo Biennale and the first International Biennial Print Exhibition in Tokyo.