Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Heaven

Heaven won gold at two international competitions!

See Hatsumi Sensei’s arts from a new perspective

Within the paintings of Heaven, Shinto and Buddhist deities and legendary heroes offer clues about the origins of the Bujinkan Dojo and insights into Hatsumi Sensei’s teachings.

Request Sensei’s signature at the dojo


Folding Case
Our hardcover edition comes in this folding case. The front cover and spine are stamped with gold foil and the title on the spine is in Sensei’s handwriting.


Blank Shikishi
Our books have a blank shikishi mounted to the inside cover. Washi for our shikishi was from a maker recognized by UNESCO for their traditional Japanese paper making methods. Use this to request Sensei’s signature at the dojo.


224 Pages
We printed our 224 page book in full color plus metallic gold. We chose swiss binding and a smyth sewn book block so pages open fully — clearly showing Sensei’s paintings and our action photos.

Winner of Indigo’s Gold Prize in Book Design

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Heaven won Gold in the 2019 Indigo Design Competition. Indigo is an international competition, based out of the Netherlands — it recognizes projects that shine with exceptional design. In 2019, Indigo recognized only 8 books with their gold prize for book design — our book, Heaven, was one!

Two ways to buy

$145 + $30 shipping to US / Canada

Get yours in Kashiwa City, Japan for 20,000 yen

How do I get my book in Kashiwa?

“Heaven” is at an art supplies store in Kashiwa City called, Ishido Gazai. It’s great Ishido Gazai in offers “Heaven.” This makes it easy for us to buy in Japan and request Sensei’s signature at the dojo.

The Ishido Gazai address is:

Ishido Gazai Building 4th Floor, 1-4-5 Kashiwa, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

They’re open 10 AM to 7 PM daily (January 1st and 2nd each year are their holidays.)

Here’s their website and map:

Order Heaven

We’ll deliver (to US and Canada) for $30

Hatsumi Sensei has wanted a book dedicated to his Dojo Giga paintings for years…

We celebrated the publication of Heaven with Hatsumi Sensei on October 4th, 2018 at the FCCJ in Tokyo. At the celebration we showed this video.

  • About 30 years ago Hatsumi Sensei made a series of colorful paintings to record and transmit the traditions of his dojo. He calls these paintings his Dojo Giga collection.

    Recently Sensei decided the timing was right to share these paintings with the world so we published Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Heaven. Our book’s theme is martial virtue and the painting subjects include Shinto and Buddhist deities, myths, and legendary heroes. Art that commemorates the history of Hatsumi Sensei’s dojo is also included. Most importantly, Heaven recognizes the influence of his sensei, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. 

  • Our book combines award-winning design, professional photography, and detailed craftsmanship to give Sensei’s Dojo Giga paintings the spotlight they deserve.

    Heaven includes an essay and comments by the artist that put the paintings in context, action photos shot at the dojo illustrate the close connection between the paintings and the artist’s physical training, and the book’s appendix provides supporting information. Our book is in Japanese with English translations. We hope Heaven gives you new insights into Hatsumi Sensei’s paintings and inspires your understanding of budo.