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Kozaki Kan was born in 1942 in Kumamoto prefecture and graduated from the Pacific School of Art in 1966. Kan received the grand prize at the Nichido Exhibition in both 1978 and 1979 and opened Kan Art Gallery, a museum devoted to his work, in 1993. He is well known throughout Japan for his series Gassho, commissioned in commemoration of the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1988 Kan started his "Santôka" series, which illustrates the poems (mainly haiku) of the Buddhist monk Santôka Taneka (1882-1940). In 2001 he had an international solo exhibition showing his works in six cities in Germany and Switzerland.