Own the art book that won Most Outstanding Design at the IPPY Awards.

Out of 5,000 books, Heaven won IPPY’s top design prize. Heaven features the paintings and insights of traditional Japanese martial arts master, Hatsumi Sensei.

This book points readers to the art of martial arts.

Heaven won three major design awards

  • Most Outstanding Design2019 IPPY Awards
  • Gold Prize for Book Design — 2019 Indigo Design Awards
  • Silver Award for Book Design — 2020 Graphis Design Annual

Hatsumi Sensei

Hatsumi Sensei is Sōke (Head Instructor) of the Bujinkan Dojo and 9 schools of Japanese martial arts:
  • Togakure Ryū
  • Shindenfudō Ryū
  • Kotō Ryū
  • Takagiyōshin Ryū
  • Kukishinden Ryū
  • Gyokko Ryū
  • Gikan Ryū
  • Gyokushin Ryū
  • Kumogakure Ryū

Dojo Giga

In February of 2017, Hatsumi Sensei exhibited a selection of his paintings at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. Until the time of the exhibition, he had displayed some of them at his dojo, but this was an unprecedented opportunity for the public. He named the exhibition Dojo Giga.

Giga 戲画 means “caricatures” and refers to the famous 12th-century picture scroll, Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga, which humorously anthropomorphizes various animals and is often credited with being the first manga.

Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Giga | Heaven

The paintings we selected for Heaven represent a golden age of martial virtue. The subjects include Shintō and Buddhist deities, myths, and legendary heroes. Artworks that give insights into the lessons Hatsumi Sensei shares with his students are also included.

Each artwork is like a koan — meditating on them helps us see from Sensei's perspective.


In the Genpei War (1180–1185), the Minamoto clan defeated the Taira, resulting in the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate under Minamoto no Yoritomo. Within the battles of this war, Minamoto no Yoshinaka was served by Nishina Daisuke, who later became the founder and first Sōke of Togakure Ryū ninjutsu.

Training in the dojo with the 34th Sōke of Togakure Ryū is an opportunity to connect with the martial tradition that began with Nishina Daisuke nearly a thousand years ago. Viewing Hatsumi Sensei's Dojo Giga paintings is a similar opportunity.

Body, Mind & Spirit

Heaven includes photographs of Sensei teaching at his dojo in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The book also includes essays by Hatsumi Sensei, and Yuko Okuma (professional Japanese calligrapher), and Steve Olsen (Bujinkan practitioner). The book's commentary section offers translations of Sensei's calligraphy plus cultural hints which help the reader dig deeper into the riddles of these paintings.

What goes into an award-winning book?

  • Heaven comes in this folding case. The cover is stamped with gold foil, and the title on the spine is in Sensei’s handwriting.
  • It's written in Japanese with English translations.
  • 223 pages printed in full color (plus metallic gold).
  • We chose swiss binding and a smyth sewn book block, so spreads open fully — clearly showing Sensei’s paintings and the action photos.

Delivery to USA & Canada

For deliveries to the US and Canada, you may order from the publisher directly (below), or if you prefer you can order from Mr Bezos here. Either way, our warehouse near Seattle fulfills all North American orders. Prices below include tax and postage. After you order, we'll reply by email to confirm delivery details and send you a package tracking code.

One Book
We deliver to addresses in the USA and Canada from our warehouse near Seattle.

$145 +$30 postage = $175

Three Books + Free Postage
Order three books and we'll give you free postage. That's a $90 savings (and a great gift idea)! You'll receive a carton with three, individually boxed, Heaven books.

$145 x 3 (with free postage) = $435

International Delivery

We deliver to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe from our warehouse in Japan.

One Book
We deliver to addresses in Australia, Europe, and NZ with express post and parcel tracking. 

$145 +$50 international postage = $195

Three Books + Free Postage
Order three books and we'll give you free postage (a $150 savings). That's like getting one free book! You'll get a carton with three, individually boxed Heaven books.

$145 x 3 (with free international postage) = $435

A chat about Heaven