Famous Japanese Artists

Find out more about the greatest Japanese Artists, including Shigeru Miyamoto, Akira Kurosawa, Yusuke Murata, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami.

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 1 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

 2 Eiichiro Oda

Eiichiro Oda
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Famous As: Japanese manga artist
Birthdate: January 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
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 3 Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 6, 1998

Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Widely considered one of the most influential and important filmmakers of all time, Kurosawa's works opened up Western film markets to the products of the Japanese entertainment industry, enabling other Japanese filmmakers to achieve international recognition. Such is his impact as a filmmaker that he is credited with contributing to the development of Asia.

 4 Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto
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Famous As: Video Game Designer, Artist
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is the man behind games such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. He has been the general manager and senior MD at Nintendo and now serves as its representative director and creative fellow. He avoids appearing on TV or giving autographs.

 5 Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama
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Famous As: Contemporary Artist
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her variety of artforms, including sculpture, installations, paintings, and fashion. She mingles elements such as feminism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, and expresses her struggle with mental illness through her art. She has also published books and produced an award-winning film. 

 6 Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama
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Famous As: Japanese Manga Artist
Birthdate: April 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

Akira Toriyama is a Japanese character designer and manga artist. The creator of one of the most popular manga series of all time, Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama is widely considered one of the most influential artists to have changed the history of manga; his creation Dragon Ball is often cited as a source of inspiration by several manga artists.

 7 Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 31, 1760
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Died: May 10, 1849

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese printmaker, ukiyo-e painter, and artist of the Edo period. He is best known as the creator of the monumental Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, a series of landscape prints, which includes the iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. He is credited with transforming the ukiyo-e art form to include a much broader style of art.

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 8 Masashi Kishimoto

Masashi Kishimoto
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Famous As: Manga Artist
Birthdate: November 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese manga artist Masashi Kishimoto is best known for creating the manga series Naruto for the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. The series eventually led to several anime, video games, and movies, such as Boruto: Naruto the Movie and The Last: Naruto the Movie, supervised by Kishimoto. 

 9 Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese

 10 Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Artist, Film director
Birthdate: February 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 11 Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi
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Famous As: Japanese manga artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

 12 Hajime Isayama

Hajime Isayama
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese

 13 Yusuke Murata

Yusuke Murata
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: July 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

 14 Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese

 15 Hiroshige

Hiroshige
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1797 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 12, 1858

 16 Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano
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Famous As: Character designer, Sculptor, Illustrator, Artist, Blogger, Animator, Painter
Birthdate: March 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

 17 Yoji Shinkawa

Yoji Shinkawa
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Famous As: illustrator
Birthdate: November 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese

 18 Kouta Hirano

Kouta Hirano
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: July 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

 19 Masaaki Hatsumi

Masaaki Hatsumi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese

 20 Utamaro

Utamaro
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1753 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 1806 AD

 21 Seishi Kishimoto

Seishi Kishimoto
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: November 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese

 22 Nakaba Suzuki

Nakaba Suzuki
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: February 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 23 Takashi Amano

Takashi Amano
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Famous As: Photographer, Naturalist, Keirin cyclist
Birthdate: July 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: August 4, 2015

 24 Yoshitoshi

Yoshitoshi
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Famous As: Engraver, Painter, Poet
Birthdate: April 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 9, 1892

 25 Suehiro Maruo

Suehiro Maruo
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Famous As: Artist, Illustrator, Mangaka, Painter
Birthdate: January 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 26 Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara
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Famous As: Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Photographer
Birthdate: December 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese

 27 Hajime Sorayama

Hajime Sorayama
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Famous As: Artist, Illustrator, Painter
Birthdate: February 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

 28 Yasuhiro Nightow

Yasuhiro Nightow
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: April 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

 29 Shintaro Kago

Shintaro Kago
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Famous As: mangaka
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: Japanese

 30 Kuroda Seiki

Kuroda Seiki
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 9, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: July 15, 1924

 31 Satoshi Urushihara

Satoshi Urushihara
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Famous As: Mangaka, Writer, Animator
Birthdate: February 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 32 Kami

Kami
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Famous As: musician
Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 21, 1999

 33 On Kawara

On Kawara
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
Died: July 10, 2014

 34 Kazuo Koike

Kazuo Koike
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Comics artist, Lyricist
Birthdate: May 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese

 35 Sesshū Tōyō

Sesshū Tōyō
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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: 1420 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: August 26, 1506

 36 Sharaku

Sharaku
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Japanese

 37 Natsuki Takaya

Natsuki Takaya
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: July 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese

 38 Kunisada

Kunisada
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: 1786 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 12, 1865

 39 Akira Yoshizawa

Akira Yoshizawa
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese
Died: March 14, 2005

 40 Shirow Miwa

Shirow Miwa
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Famous As: Mangaka, Illustrator
Birthdate: November 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese

 41 Yosa Buson

Yosa Buson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1716 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 17, 1784

 42 Hishikawa Moronobu

Hishikawa Moronobu
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1618 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: July 25, 1694

 43 Mitsuteru Yokoyama

Mitsuteru Yokoyama
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 15, 2004

 44 Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

 45 Tarō Okamoto

Tarō Okamoto
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Artist, Writer, Photographer, Potter
Birthdate: February 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 7, 1996

 46 Itō Jakuchū

Itō Jakuchū
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 1, 1716
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 27, 1800

 47 Shōji Hamada

Shōji Hamada
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Famous As: Potter
Birthdate: December 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 5, 1978

 48 Ogata Kōrin

Ogata Kōrin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1658 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 2, 1716

 49 Kawanabe Kyōsai

Kawanabe Kyōsai
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 18, 1831
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 26, 1889

 50 Yoshida Kenkō

Yoshida Kenkō
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1283 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 1350 AD