Dr. Fumio Yamada was born in Fukui, Japan, in 1959. He graduated from Tohoku University with a PhD in literature and currently works as a professor of Chinese Classics at Hirosaki University. He is also a designated lineage holder of Kinpu-ryu, Hirosaki’s unique school of shakuhachi (the Zen flute), which is one of Japan’s cultural treasures.
He is the author of more than ten publications in Japanese, with topics ranging from Dogen Zenji to Lao Tzu, Confucius, Sun Tzu, The Gateless Gate, and other classical Chinese and Japanese texts. He lives in Aomori, Japan.