Tsukuru Inari graduated from the Department of Theological Literature at Aoyama Gakuin University. As a student he met the ceramist Yu Fujiwara, who was designated as a National Living Treasure by the Japanese Cultural Ministry. He was taken not only by Fujiwara’s personable qualities but also by the color and the smell of this unusual Bizen pottery. For twelve years Inari was Fujiwara disciple. In 1985 he built his own kiln in Oku, near Bizen in the Okayama prefecture. Since then he holds exhibitions every year throughout Japan.