MAKOTO FUJIMURA, born in Boston in 1960, is an award winning artist, writer and speaker. He studied traditional Japanese painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, first completing an MFA and then as a National Cultural Affairs Scholar.
Mastering the Nihonga tradition, he has worked to infuse it with a deeper sense of suffering and consolation. His book Silence and Beauty: Endo, Japan and Christ is the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Silence (release date 2016). With an immense love of Japan, he helped to found the Heart’s Home there in 2012, saying: "The Japanese people are in dire need of compassion, but they don’t know how to express it. They need someone to teach them."