|1929||Born and grew up in Kyoobashi, Tokyo.|
|1950||Graduated from Waseda University Industrial Art Institute
Studied to be a stage artist while giving lectures on the history of western clothing at a dress designers' school.
|1953||Obtained permission to go abroad. At that time it was extremely difficult to obtain such permission. After WWII the authorities did not allow any US dollars to be exported so I left Japan without any money and I was the first Japanese to travel around the world for three years without carrying any money.|
|1957||Set up the first color photo design exhibition using a newly developed Japanese printing paper. I became the first "art director" in Japan. Worked with Rokusuke Ei for the Asahi Graph. Mr. Ei wrote the essays and I drew illustrations. A term "Irasuto" was coined from "illustration" by me and this became a vogue expression. I became the first illustrator in Japan and have worked in this field since then|
|1976||Awarded the Publication Culture Prize by Kodansha|