Osamu Sato

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Osamu Sato (佐藤 理, Satō Osamu) is a Japanese digital artist, photographer, and composer. His first published work was the ambient music album Objectless (1983). His first work in the video game industry was Eastern Mind: The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou, which first released in Japan for Classic Mac OS in 1994, and in North America for Microsoft Windows the following year. In 1998, he produced and composed the music for the video game LSD: Dream Emulator on the PlayStation, which later became his most recognizable work outside of Japan.

Personal Life

He was born on April 14, 1960 in Kyoto, Japan. His brother, Takumi Sato, was a ceramics artist. Both his father and grandfather were photographers[1]. Sato studied photographic science and graphic design[2], graduating from the Kyoto Institute of Design and Kyoto Saga Art College[3]. During his time as a student, he taught himself how to play a synthesizer and released his first album Objectless (1983). He also learned design and color composition from a kimono dyeing master, which was the origin of his taste of traditional Japanese color design. His photography skills got him a job as a cameraman at Mos Advertising, Inc. where he learned graphic design, how to make music videos, and how to use computers.[4]


His first visual art exhibition was The Alphabetical Orgasm in 1991. He released many art pieces in the time since, receiving a Grand Prix at the digital entertainment program by Sony Music, who would later publish later fund and publish his first video game Eastern Mind: The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou.


  1. All Things Must Be Equal (Art Book)
  2. https://www.osamusato.net/#about
  3. The Art of Computer Designing (English), p. 128
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20010408045005/http://www.compu-osd.com/SATO-E/profile-e.html