Clifton Karhu (1927-2007), born in Duluth, Minnesota, was a prominent western traditional Japanese woodblock artist. From 1946 to 1948 he was stationed in Sasebo, an American navy base in Japan. He studied at the Minneapolis Art School and returned to Japan in 1952. He moved to Kyoto in 1963, where he lived permanently and became interested in woodblock prints and later became the head of the Kyoto branch of the Japan Print Society. The artist mostly carved and printed himself. His work was inspired by the old town of Kyoto, and his subjects are typical Japanese scenes, such as old Japanese houses or details taken from these. He has had numerous exhibitions in Japan, the United States, and Europe.