1948            Born in Tokyo, Japan
1970            Graduated from Saint Paul’s University, Tokyo
1974            Graduated from Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles
1974            Moved to New York


1977            C.A.P.S. (Creative Arts Public Service) Fellowship, New York
1980            John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York
1982            National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
1988            Mainichi Art Prize, Tokyo
1999            Glen Dimplex Artists Award, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
1999            International Center of Photography, Fifteenth Annual Infinity Award:  Art, New York
2000            Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York
2001            Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, Gothenburg, Sweden
2006            PHotoEspaña Prize, Madrid
2009            Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting, Tokyo
2010            Medal with Purple Ribbon, Tokyo
2013            Officier de L'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris
2014            Isamu Noguchi Award, New York
2017            The Royal Photographic Society, Centenary Medal, London
2017            Person of Cultural Merit, Tokyo
2018            National Arts Club Medal of Honor in Photography