Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art

At the dojo, Hatsumi Sensei painted for students. With these gifts he communicated directly, transcending linguistic and cultural barriers, exactly as he did with his physical arts. Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art combines a sample of these artworks with action photos of him teaching at the dojo. This book offers minimal commentary because it's designed to imitate the experience of being at the dojo with Sensei (where he rarely explained himself). In my opinion, Sensei didn’t explain because he intended the training (and his paintings) to be a reference — seeing that which connects his arts is our responsibility.

Steve Olsen
Photographer & Publisher


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
  • A prologue by Masaaki Hatsumi
  • An introduction by the photographer
  • 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


Dojo Art was published in 2014. We made just 2000 books. As of March 2021, fewer than 35 books remain.

Delivery to USA & Canada

One Book
Delivery to addresses in the USA and Canada from our warehouse near Seattle is easy. Our warehouse staff does a great job of packing and posting and we charge just $30 for postage and handling. 

$120 (+$30 postage) = $150

Three Books
Order three books to get free delivery (this is a $90 postage savings). Your three books will arrive individually boxed and packed in a carton for extra protection. A great gift idea. 

$120 x 3 (+free postage) = $360

International Delivery

In 2020 COVID interrupted international passenger flights (and that interrupted international postal delivery) but the situation is improving. Now we can deliver to addresses in Europe, Australia, and NZ. Order here and we'll reply by email to confirm details. (If delivering to your destination is currently difficult, we'll reply by email and refund fully.)

One Book
Each of our books is foam wrapped, packed in a corrugated cardboard box, and bagged to keep it clean and dry. After you order, we’ll reply to confirm delivery details and provide a tracking number.

$120 (+$50 international postage) = $170

Three Books + Free Postage
Order three books to get free postage — that’s a $150 savings! Your three books will arrive individually boxed and packed in a carton for extra protection. This postage discount is like getting one book free… Order with your friends!

$120 x 3 (with free postage) = $360

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Award Winning Book Design


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.

Kickstarter Funded

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art was published as a Kickstarter project.

Since only students had access to Hatsumi Sensei's artworks, the goal of this publishing project was to document Sensei's works and make them more widely available. Since the completion of Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art, a series of prints and second book titled, Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Heaven have been published.