Today I'm passing the baton to my dude Bryan Haker. Bred in Minneapolis, Hake The Snake gets 'er done in Do Or Die Bed Stuy and is a hell of a resource of modern design knowledge and Jamaican patois. Take it away my friend...
Yasaburo Kuwayama was born in Niigata prefecture, Japan in 1938. He graduated from the Musashino Art University in 1962 and taught Typography at Asagaya Acadademie de Beaux-Arts for 5 years from 1966. In 1969 he established the Kuwayama Design Room. In 1970 he began teaching typography at the Musashino Art University. In '75 he was teaching lettering at the Asahi Center and served as a permanent manager of the Japan Finish Work Association. In 1979 he retired from his posts and allowed him more time for other interests.
Says here that at present (I doubt it, the book is pretty old) he is a member of the Association du Typographique Internationale, the Japan Typography Association, the Federation of German Typographers, The Tokyo Designers Space and the Japan Graphic Designer Association
And to top it off he's a Jehovah Witness ( Not that there's anything wrong with that) I trust the Pileup is an equal opportunity organization.
His main books include Lettering & Design, Typeface Design, and Graphic Elements of the World.
Most of this was taken from one of his other books I have. More over, I came upon the guy from finding one of his books at a book drive in a hipstered-out park in Brooklyn. Even better yet, It was free!! Got over on that one.. I think I have 3-4 of his books now.. all holy grail steez.