Steve Olsen | Japan
22 X 30 cm
Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art is a book about the paintings and calligraphy of Bujinkan Soke, Masaaki Hatsumi. Hatsumi Sensei is the head instructor of nine Japanese martial traditions. He paints for students during break at his dojo in Noda City, Japan. This is a book of those paintings.
The book is bound using a traditional Japanese sewn spine utilizing nine holes. In this case, the nine holes represent the nine Japanese martial traditions of which Hatsumi Sensei is the head instructor.
Every book has a sheet of Japanese paper stitched in as a flyleaf which Hatsumi Sensei can sign at his classes in Japan. In this way, the book is a collection of Hatsumi Sensei’s art plus, if signed, one more piece of art painted specifically for the individual student.
The book was successfully funded through Kickstarter. To learn more and see video interviews with the artist, please visit dojoartbooks.com
Regional Winner | 2014 | Editorial Books, Far West Region | Print Regional Design Annual