Sasajima, who was initially interested in calligraphy, learned printmaking from Un’ichi Hiratsuka. He then studied with Shiko Munakata, about whom he declared, "Munakata is a genius. I’m continually amazed at his work, at its size and scale and force. He awes me." Sasajima abandoned perspective and the portrayal of the third dimension and instead strove to achieve the two-dimensional quality of calligraphy. He explained that in his own work "scale is more important than superficial depth."
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