生于上世纪40年代的淺葉克己(Katsumi Asaba) ,曾涉足日本广告、包装设计等行业,但他最显着和为人道的是其对东巴文字漫长的研究生涯。针对日本与韩国两国在各方面都十分相似,淺葉克己接受杂志访问时也提到,“文字之所以重要,是因为它具有表达、传意的作用”。

起源于中国云南和西藏的少数民族纳西族「东巴经」的东巴文,是世上仅存为数不多的象形字体之一,自幼便钟情于文字的浅叶克己,1990年前往中国云南开始对东巴文字进行系统性的研究,其后也藉由文字为主题创作了许多脍炙人口的设计作品。

Katsumi Asaba, who has been active in the forefront of advertising design as an art director, has an interest in the Tompa hieroglyphic characters that are handed down from one generation to the next in Lijiang in China. He has held a Tompa art exhibition and even produced a Tompa CD-ROM. TRON Project Leader Ken Sakamura asked Mr. Asaba about his fascination with Tompa characters.