Nature is a life-long theme for Katsushiro Soho who was born into a farming family in Kuroiso city, Tochigi prefecture. He started the practice of bamboo weaving by making farming tools to work the land.
He apprenticed under a local bamboo weaver, Kikuchi Yoshii, at the early age of fifteen, and six years later, under Yagisawa Keizo (1927-2006). After he received an award at the 8th Higashi-Nihon Dento Kogei ten [Exhibition of Traditional Art Crafts from Eastern Japan] in 1967, he changed direction to a more aesthetic approach, with the encouragement of his new master Saito Bunseki (1910-1991). In 2005, he became a Living National Treasure in bamboo arts.
His works are in the collections of National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs among others.