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Kihei Sasajima
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Mashiko, Tochigi prefecture
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Born at Mashiko, Tochiji. Graduated from school at Aoyama. Studied printmaking with Hiratsuka and later with Munakata. Sasajima was from Mashiko, the town that potter Hamada Shoji made famous as a center of the mingel (folkcraft) movement. He moved to Tokyo in order to become a teacher. While working, he found some time to study printmaking, notably with Hirasuka Unichi: srong influences of the late 1930's were Munakata (to whom he was introduced by Hamada) and Mori Yoshitoshi. Illness interupted Saajima's career in 1959, but lack of physical strength inspired him to experiment with a method of blind-printing in a press which produced relief designs to which he applied ink by hand. Volk, Alicia. MADE IN JAPAN The Postwar Creative Print Movement. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2005, page 113. (hgs 4/21/09)