Real name; susumu. He was born in 1912, as the second son of Tenrai and Shokin. After death of Tenrai, he took over ‘Shogakuin’ (Institute of Calligraphic Studies) and managed Tenrai’s valuable collection of rubbings, ancient Chinese calligraphy books. At the same time, in Shogakuin Publications he continued to publish ancient Chinese books; he promoted the spread of classical calligraphy.
In 1945, he wrote ‘Den-no-Variation’( Lightning -Variation), the first avant-garde work apart from the characters for the first time in history of calligraphy, showed the following year, and created a sensation in the calligraphy world.
14 times One-man-shows in Tokyo, New York etc. Requested exhibits in many contemporary calligraphy or fine art exhibitions. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and notable collectors purchased his works. Also, he lectured the accurate history of calligraphy at more than 20 universities, such as Princeton University in America, Oxford University in England.
In 1999, Died on October 15, at the age of 87.