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Yutaka Murakami

  • Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road East San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Yutaka Murakami was born in Takarazuka City, Hyogo, Japan in 1961. He was awakened to Shinto shrine Buddhist temple worship since childhood and he pushes forward an original study of Shinto and the old Shinto.

Since 2004, as a mean to express and depict the various images at the time of Shinto Shire worship, he investigated the creation of characters and paintings about the auspicious which in turn, he dedicates to many Shinto shrines. In addition, his painting grew a favorable reception as the “the painting calling for fortune" from many successful leaders, such as business owners and medical professionals, and are seen as popular gifts for celebration and lifetime milestones.

Most recently, he conferred “福 ” (fuku) for a successful "Fuku Otoko" at the Nishinomiya Shrine in Ebisu on January 10th. He believes "A good laugh is as worthy as a purification ceremony".

Opening reception on November 2 at 4:30 PM, JFG Exhibit Hall. $5 admission. Click here to RSVP.

Postcard painting workshop will be held at 2:00 PM, JFG Exhibit Hall. Free with JFG admission.

Inquiries to Emiko at (619) 232-2784 or e-mail

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