Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art is an award-winning book of paintings Hatsumi Sensei made at his dojo between 2009 and 2013. The book combines Sensei’s paintings with photos of him teaching at his dojo in Japan.


  • At the dojo, Sensei paints for students. With these gifts, he communicates directly — transcending linguistic and cultural barriers — exactly as he does with his physical arts.

  • Dojo Art made Hatsumi Sensei’s paintings accessible to the public for the first time, while keeping the art connected to the dojo’s physical training — through photography.

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art

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Dojo Art is in Japanese with English translations. It includes paintings done by Hatsumi Sensei between 2009 and 2013 and has these features:

  • Traditional hand-stitched binding
  • 21.5 cm x 30 cm
  • 242 full color pages
  • Printed on 157 gsm art quality paper stock
  • A prologue by Masaaki Hatsumi
  • An introduction by the photographer, Steve Olsen
  • English translations of the artist’s Japanese calligraphy
  • Never before seen action photos of Hatsumi Sensei teaching in Japan
  • Includes a slipcase to protect your book

Only 2,000 of these first edition books were made.

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Delivery to USA & Canada

In 2020, flights were disrupted and international postage prices went up so we generally only deliver to addresses in the USA and Canada from our warehouse near Seattle. 

$120 plus $30 shipping = $150

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art is individually boxed and packed 3 books to a carton. Order three books and we’ll give you free shipping — that’s a $90 savings! (Only available to USA & Canada.)

$120 x 3 (with free shipping) = $360 

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Kickstarter Funded

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art was published as a Kickstarter project. Books have already been delivered to  supporters.


Only 2,000 books were published. Just a small number remain available for purchase.


Hatsumi Sensei normally paints only for students at his dojo in Japan so the public has had few chances to see his work. This book is a rare opportunity to discover this contemporary artist and experience how he communicates with his arts.


Award Winning Book Design


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Winner of PRINT Magazine’s Regional Design Annual 2014


From nearly 4,000 submissions, PRINT Magazine’s Regional Design Annual selected Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art as one of 350 best designs created in America.


Featured on Behance


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Behance curates a gallery of creative projects featuring great design. We are proud to be included.

Recognition from Behance and the design community is another proof of our designer’s success. Congratulations Dan Saal!

Click here to see Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art on Behance.