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In the past, there have been plenty of Japanese artists who have sought inspiration and studied overseas, but few who fully embraced their adopted land and became successful.

Muramasa Kudo is one of those artists fortunate enough to achieve enviable popularity outside of his native Japan. In 1980, aged 32, he moved to America — and he has lived abroad ever since. His colorful resume includes everything from race car driving to restaurant design. In Japan, however, his training was in traditional calligraphy.

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