MIYAMOTO, MASAMI, 85, passed away on September 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife Kazuko. Mr. Miyamoto was born in Fukuoka, Japan. His family immigrated to Oakland, Calif. soon after his birth. During the Second World War his family was interned at an internment camp for persons of Japanese ancestry in Topaz, Utah. After the war his family settled in San Francisco. While attending Lowell High School Masami’s artist talents were recognized. He received a scholarship to attend the California Arts and Crafts College. After graduation Mr. Miyamoto served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. While stationed at Fort Ord he was on the staff of the camp newspaper as an illustrator.
As a freelance illustrator he worked on children’s text books, and logos for businesses. For many years he produced designs for the Chinatown Merchants Association’s Chinese New Year’s Parade. He is well known for creating the Daruma doll used in all promotional materials for the San Francisco Buddhist Church’s Annual Ginza Bazaar.
A memorial service will be held on October 8, from 3:00 PM at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco at 1881 Pine Street.