Sozo Hashimoto

Born 1946 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sozo Hashimoto investigates the possibilities of computer technology and employing the insights that he gains in his work as a designer – from this time onwards, he has used the computer systematically for his graphic designs.

Hashimoto’s driving vision has been the possibility of building up close communication between the designer and the computer. The development of the programmes Computer Aided Pattern Design (1967) and Computer Aided Fashion Design (1968) made this vision appear increasingly feasible, as manual processes were not only automated by means of the interaction between man and machine, but also made easier; thus creating preconditions for computer-driven production processes.

1946 Born in Tokyo (Japan).

1965 Started investigating the possibilities of computer technology for his graphic designs.

1969 Graduated in design at the Tama University of Art in Hachioji (Tokyo).

1969-1970 Worked as an industrial designer.

1971-1995 Worked as independent designer.

1972 Began investigations into the mandala motif.

1982-1995 Hashimoto taught at various universities and colleges.

1990-1995 Professor at the World University (Japan).

1995-2003 Professor at the Kanazawa Gakuin University (Japan).

since 2003 President of the Daiwa Information Technology Research Institute (headquarters in Tokyo).

Doctorate Degrees:

  • Columbia Pacific University, Ph.D., 1987.
  • World University, Cul.D., 1992.
  • Kobe Design University, Doctor of Design, 2001.


  • Computer Art Contest, 1970.
  • ICCH , (International Conference on Computers in the Humanities) 1973.
  • 13th Annual Computer Art Exposition, 1975.
  • Awards of the Japan Information Culture Society, 1999.
  • etc.

Professional Positions:

  • Hitach Co. Ltd. Research Institute, 1969.4-1970.
  • Freerance Designer and Developper, 1970.
  • Tokyo University of Art and Design, Lecturer, 1982-1986.
  • World University Japan Graduate School , Professor, 1991-1995.
  • Kanazawa Gakuin University, Professor, 1995-2003.
  • Daiwa Information Technology Institute, President, since 2003.

Published Books:

  • Book of the Meditation, Nippon Jitugyou Publishing, 1984.
  • Dawn of the Meditation Art, Kinkasya, 1994.
  • Souce of the CG, 2003.

Besides his work as a designer, Hashimoto has worked as an artist. and several times he entered the Computer Art Contest of the American magazine Computers and Automation, receiving prizes for his work in 1970, 1971 and 1972. In this context, his interest focused the mandala motif; being captivated by its graphic possibilities and sought to separate it from its original, religious context.

Hashimoto’s investigations into the mandala motif began in 1972, in connection with his interest in yoga at that time. In Buddhism, the centric configurations with inscribed symbolic ciphers are used to aid meditation, but Hashimoto was concerned with their aesthetic effect. In his opinion, the mandala’s great efficacy is not exclusively semantic, but equally aesthetic – primarily because of the balanced harmony of its composition and the motif of repetition. The work Mandla-3 in the Bremen collection demonstrates Hashimoto’s aim in an exemplary way: using the traditional mandala forms as a basis, the artist attempts to discern their ‘basic geometric plan’ and to approximate to this with the aid of the computer. On the basis of mathematical analyses, a ‘universal mandala ‘ thus emerges, the formal variations of which can be generated by the computer. Parallel to this, Hashimoto also works with traditional, decorative Japanese motifs, using the computer to transform their basic patterns in many ways.

He lives and works in Tokyo (Japan).

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