Hasui Kawase is considered the leading artist and designer in the genre of landscape prints of the shin hanga art movement. He was born May 18, 1883 with the given name of Hasui Bunjiro in Shiba, Tokyo. Hasui Kawase learned to paint in Western style. His first teacher was Saburosuke Okada who taught him watercolor and oil painting.
Hasui’s family was not very happy about his art ambitions and blocked him in manyfold ways. They wanted Hasui to work in the family business. The conflict was solved when his sister married a shop employee and took over the business.
Hasui Kawase died on November 7, 1957, in Tokyo.