Arata has a passion to share the1600-year old legacy of Japanese embroidery to stitchers all around the world.

Having a grandfather, Iwao Saito (1918-1989), who was a Japanese embroidery master and founder of Kurenai Kai school of Japanese embroidery in Japan, Arata had a chance to be exposed to the art of Japanese embroidery from a young age. At age 12 he moved with his family to Atlanta, GA where he witnessed many people around the world being inspired by the beauty of Japanese embroidery. Around that time, his father Shuji Tamura, successor of Iwao Saito, established the art concept called Nuido, the way of embroidery, which aims for the integration of Japanese embroidery and spirituality.

Arata received an undergraduate degree in Graphic Communication from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta Georgia, and then spent 11 years studying Japanese embroidery at Kurenai-kai, Japan. After a 5-year apprenticeship he became a professional embroiderer and instructor of basic, intermediate, and advanced classes for both Japanese and non-Japanese students. Arata also worked as an art director of Japanese Embroidery World Exhibition. He has taught and lectured in classes in New York, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, as well as for EGA and as a visiting professor to the University of Kentucky.

Arata lives in Atlanta, GA where he is an instructor at the 26-year old Japanese Embroidery Center.

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