Ichiro Hatta was born in 1937 in Kyoto, and since 1969, he lives at Shugakuin, northern part of the ancient, Thousand years old city of Kyoto, close to Mt. Hiei and The ancient Shugakuin-Rikyu, an Imperial Villa.
After been working as a Doctor during 45 years, 3 years ago his son took the relay of his clinic, and Ichiro Hatta now enjoys to spend his time to paint whole day.
He discovered the painting when he was 9 years old, at the contest of paintings of children, he received a Silver prize, and was very encouraged to continue to paint.
He learned with a private teacher to paint, and even now he continues to have the opinions and counseling from big Master Yoshinori Ikeda who is one of the judge of the most important painters groupe in Japan, Nitten.
Ichiro Hatta loves traveling, he goes to see the nature in the mountain side in Japan, or foreign countries, to bird watching and painting.
As his personality, we can receive from his paintings, warm-hearted human, nature lover, and full of generosity.
When we are in front of Ichiro Hatta’s paintings, we feel at home.
Ichiro Hatta explains his present painting:
Jizo is a most popular Buddha made of stone. In Japan, we can meet him in the roadside as well as in the temples. I call him as “Ojizosan”, friendly.
When my sister died at age of 2 because of measles, my grandmother said to me, “Dont worry about her death. ”Ojizosan” will protect her and she will rest in peace in heaven.”
Jizo is the Buddha who decide in his mind to relieve the people suffering from troubles and illness in this world.
My grandmother said, ”When infants die ,they pile pebbles and make little towers for their parents at the river side named “Sanzuno-kawara” ,on the way to heaven. When devils come up and destroy the small towers with their club, soon after “Ojizosan” come on and scare the devils.”
“Ojizosan” is a friend of oppressed people in this world, and always watch us. “Ojizosan” is our guardian ,and I love him.