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1913            Born July 7 in Tokyo.

1941            Begins to specialize in the art of Katazome under Serizawa Keisuke.

1947            Receives the first Japan Folk Art Museum Prize for The Story of Ruth.

1948            Receives the Kokugakai Prize (Japanese Print Association) for The Story of Ruth

1956            Receives award from the Japan Print Academy for Girls and a Lot of Quails.

1958            Receives first prize for The Bronze Serpent, at the Modern Japanese Print Exhibition held at Saint

James Church, New York, N.Y..

1960            Receives prize in print contest for his print, Listening, subsequently include in Japmes A.

Michener’s book, The Modern Japanese Print: An Appreciation (1962).

1962            Displays The Shepherds and The Shepherds Look at the Star, International Biennial Print

Exhibition, Tokyo.

1963            One-man show at the Netherlands Embassy, Tokyo.

1969            Becomes a member of Japan Print Association.

1969-70      Visiting faculty member, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon. One-man shows in Portland,

Seattle, and San Francisco.

1971            Displays Saint Francis Preaches to the Birds at the Modern Japanese Print Exhibition held in

Brussels, Belgium. Receives first prize in the Intermedia World Christmas Card Contest.

1973            Ten prints hung in the permanent collection of the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art.

1975            One man show at Lerchenberg Gemeindehaus and Christus Kirche in Mainz, Germany.

1976            Invited to the United States by the Lutheran Church of America; teaches print technique and

exhibits works at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota, and Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.

1978            Attends Conference of Asian Christian Artists, Bali Island, Indonesia; displays work.

1981            Granted an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.

1983            Lectures and holds one-man show at Linfield College.

1985            One-man shows at Academy Arts of Honolulu and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria,

British Columbia, Canada.

1986            Publication of book on his work, Biblical Prints by Sadao Watanabe (Shinkyo Shuppansha).

Exhibition in celebration of the book publication at Sekaikan Gallery, Tokyo.

1987            Invited to the United States by the Lutheran Church of America; exhibition and lecture at Stony

Point Center, New York. Received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, and the Confessor of Christ award from Christ Seminary Seminex in                         cooperation with the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago.

1988            Invited to China for exhibitions at churches and seminaries in Hong Kong, Nanking, ans


1989            Exhibitions in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Luzern, Switzerland and at the Museum Holmen

Logumkloster, Denmark.

1990            Exhibition at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan.

1992            Exhibition at Oglethorpe University Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

1993            Receives an Award for Distinguished Contribution to Christian Culture from the Christian

Literature Society of Japan.

1996            Died January 8, Tokyo