Un'ichi Hiratsuka (November 17, 1895 – November 18, 1997), was born in Matsue, Japan. He was one of the leaders of the sōsaku hanga movement and the teacher Shikō Munakata. Starting in 1935 and 1944 Hiratsuka taught the first woodblock printing class at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. In 1962, he moved to Washington D.C. where he lived for 33 years. While living in Washington DC, he was commissioned by three Presidents to creat woodblock prints of National Landmarks, including The Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Monument and The Library of Congress which are in the collections of The National Gallery and Freer Gallery. He returned to Japan in 1994. He received Order of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 1970 and in 1991, the Hiratsuka Unichi Print Museum was opened in Nagano. He was 102 when he died.