Born in 1985, Chiba, Japan. He started taking oil painting class when he was in the 3rd grade as well as violin lesson. He decided to be the artist but failed the entrance exam twice for Tokyo University of the Arts. He then went to Musashino Art University instead. He still thinks it was a big setback in his life. His major at Musashino was oil painting and he studied etchings. However, his interest shifted to acting, especially improvisation. He spent most of his time acting when he was in college. After graduation, he heard his fellow student has become a figure sculptor. Soon he started working as a part time prototype sculptor. Later he learned digital sculpting technique and kept honing his skill with clay as well in his free time.
His first work ”contagion girl” was displayed at Wonder Festival (WF) 2015. Then he introduced survival:01/ Killer, survival:02/ Collector, survival:03/ Undertaker in 2016 WF. This series made him very popular among the figure fans. In 2017, he at once presented survival:04/ Hunter, Wind Rises, and Brack Rock City. His astonishing production speed and high quality gained him enthusiastic fans and made him more famous.
He currently works as a freelance. He produces his original works and also sculpts commercial prototypes.
H.M.S. Collection (Hidden Models and Sculptors) by Hobby Japan
“The Red Idol and the Masses”
By Keisuke Yoneyama
Born in 1987
He is a prototype sculptor of original garage kits at HELLPAINTER. He shows his work at the events as Wonder Festival. He participates joint exhibitions domestic and overseas as AMAZING ART COLLECTION by Mamegyorai.
By Jitsukata Ikkei
Born in Hokkaido, 1994
He studied special molding at Tokyo Visual Arts. He is a freelance commercial prototype sculptor. He is also a dealer (Kaiki Zokeido) at the events as Wonder Festival.
"Twin Heads Medic"
Born in Tokyo, 1990
He has contributed his work to model kit magazines and events when he was a student at Tokyo University of The Arts. After he earned his PhD, he works as a part-time research associate at Department of Sculpture. Kishiomori.com
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The DNA of Tokusatsu Ultraman Genealogy exhibition on Ultraman, the reigning king of Japan heroes and the history of Tsuburaya Productions safely lands with COVID-19 prevention measures at Gallery AaMo in Tokyo Dome City. From the first program in 1966 to today, no Tsuburaya hero or program is left out at this game multimedia exhibition that additionally highlights Reiwa era hitters like Ultraman Z, now running Saturday mornings on TV Tokyo and the Ultraman Tsuburaya YouTube channel.
Somewhere between science and myth, the unknowable and probing curiosity, giant monsters lingers in our minds. Colossal and crawling, Varan haunted the forests of rural Japan in the 1958 film Daikaiju Varan (aka Varan the Unbelievable). Varan, with a craggly carapace (modeled after peanut shells) adorned by semi-translucent thorns, and the countenance of a demon was crafted by one Keizo Murase. Born in 1933, Murase has had an illustrious career crafting the various giant monsters of the Showa era, including Mothra, Gamera, Godzilla, and more.