Chihiro Iwasaki was born in Takefu, Fukui Prefecture. Shortly thereafter her family moved to Tokyo, where she would live until the city was firebombed in May of 1945. She first studied art at age 15 under Saburosuke Okada. At 18 she graduated from high school and had a painting accepted for the Shuyo Exhibition of Western-style Painting by Women Artists. At 19, in 1937, she began to study calligraphy at the Fujuwara Kozei school.
She was married briefly in 1939, but her husband died in Manchuria that same year. Chihiro fled Tokyo in 1945 and went to live with her grandmother in Nagano prefecture. In 1946 she joined the Japan Communist Party. That spring she returned to Tokyo and both wrot
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