Masayuki Nagare

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Sakimori (Frontier Guardian), black granite sculpture by Masayuki Nagare, 1989, Honolulu Museum of Art

Masayuki Nagare (流 政之 Nagare Masayuki?, born February 14, 1923) is a modernist Japanese sculptor who has the nickname "Samurai Artist"[citation needed]. In 1923, he was born in Nagasaki, Nagasaki to Kojuro Nakagawa, who established Ritsumeikan University. As a teenager, he lived in several temples in Kyoto where he studied the patterns of rocks, plants and water created by traditional landscape artists. In 1942, he went on to Ritsumeikan University where he studied Shintoism and sword-making, but he left before graduation. Afterwards, he entered the naval forces preliminary school, and experienced the end of the Pacific War as Zero Fighter pilot. After the War, he learned sculpture by self-study while roaming the world. Nagare's works include "Cloud Fortress" which was destroyed at the World Trade Center (New York City), "Sakimori" (Frontier Guardian) installed in the Honolulu Museum of Art, “Hamaritsurin Garden” in Seto Ohashi Commemorative Park, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan and "Ju"(受) stored to Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and "Transcendence" (informally called "The Banker's Heart" by locals) installed in A.P. Giannini Plaza at 555 California Street (formerly the Bank of America building) in San Francisco, California.


  • Nagare, Masayuki, “Masayuki Nagare, The life of a samurai artist”, New York, Weatherhill, 1994.

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