The Life and Art of J.T. Sata
Text by Naomi Hirahara
Hardcover | $35
A Japanese Immigrant in Search of Western Art
J.T. Sata, from his aristocratic beginnings as the descendant of a samurai lord to his death as a retired janitor in 1979 in Pasadena, chronicled his life and his creative spirit in drawings, painting, furniture making, fine art photography, carvings, and candid snapshots. He immigrated to the United States from Japan and began his life and his family, only to lose nearly everything when the family was forced into the Japanese internment camps during WWII. Despite oppressive circumstances, it is clear from his artwork and the story that his son Frank Sata tells that J.T. Sata never lost the dignity of his samurai roots, his hard-working spirit, or his ability to communicate beauty and hope through art.