First film, a documentary about artist Hokusai
Formed the Sogetsu Art Center
Directed second documentary "Jose Torres", profiling a NYC-based boxer; first collaboration with composer Toru Takemitsu
Feature directorial debut, "Otoshiana/Pitfall", written by frequent collaborator Kobo Abe
Breakthrough feature film, "Woman in the Dunes", adapted by Abe from his novel; became first Asian director to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award in 1965
Helmed "Tanin no Kao/The Face of Another", also written by Abe
Made a second documentary about boxer Jose Torres
Directed "Moetsukita Chizu/The Ruined Map", also adapted by Abe from his novel
Last fictional film for 18 years, "Natsu no Heiti/Summer Soldiers"
Founded the Sogetsu Ceramic Kiln at Miyazaki, Fukui Prefecture
Assumed the leadership of the Sogetsu School of Ikabana
Had one-man showing of his sculpture in Paris
During the 1980s, designed various garden installations
Made documentary film about artist "Antonio Gaudi"
Had one-man exhibition in Tokyo
Returned to feature filmmaking with "Rikyu"
Executive produced, wrote and directed final film, "Basara: Princess Goh"
Created a stage installation of "Turandot" for the Lyon Opera
Was involved with the city of Nagano's performance at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer
Created a large-scale bamboo sculpture exhibited at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC