Kosho Shimizu was named "Mutsuji" because he was born on January 3, 1884 in a village at the foot of Mt. Shosha on the outskirts of Himeji City, the sixth son of the Todo family. In the sixth grade of elementary school, he transferred to Hojo Elementary School in Kasai City, where his brother works, and after graduating from Ono Junior High School (currently Ono High School) at the age of 16, he entered the temple under Kimitoshi Shimizu of Todaiji Temple. From then on, he came to call himself Kosho Shimizu. After studying Huayan sect at Ryukoku University, he studied Zen under Seisetsu Genjo of Tenryuji Temple with his own strong will. On the way, he was appointed as the director of Todaiji Kindergarten at the age of 52, even though he had many military services in 1963. I think of my creation.
In addition, he began to draw ink paintings inspired by the strange paintings of the Great Buddha drawn by the kindergarten children. Then, in 1971, he started drawing a picture diary and continued for more than 20 years until his later years. In this way, contact with the kindergarten children had a great influence on the latter half of Kosho.
In 1975, he was appointed President of the Huayan sect, Todaiji Temple 207th Betto. It was a difficult time when the construction of the Great Buddha Hall Showa's major repairs began the previous year, and since repairs cost enormous amounts of money, the days of traveling nationwide to collect the purified goods have begun. Even in the busy days of Touensai, I never forgot the spirit of Yugi, who went to the kilns in various places to twist the soil and paint. Playing with problems and turning busyness into play is a very public way of life.
He served as a Todaiji Betto for two terms, and in October 1980, completed a major repair of the Great Buddha Hall Showa. On the day of the memorial service, the typhoon of the previous day cleared up like a lie, and Shibi of the Great Buddha Hall shone in gold. You must have seen this Shibi shining with deeper emotion than anyone else. The year after completing the major role of the Great Buddha Hall Showa University repair, he retired from Betto and became Hogonin Elder.
After that, he continued to be busy with TV appearances, lectures at various places, and voluntary work, and he began to work harder on the production of calligraphy and ceramic art. There are also many works of art collected during the encounter with his people, and in 1989, many of these works and collections were donated to his hometown of Himeji. In July 1994, the Shosha Handicraft Museum in Himeji City opened near his hometown, and his works are on permanent display to this day. He also served as the honorary director of the museum, but in May 1999, he changed his position at the age of 88. Even today, the work remains in various places and is still popular.