Taro Amano    1918 - 1990

In 1949, Taro Amano's company dispatched him to oversee construction on Arata Endo's Mejirogaoka Church. He also worked with the architect on two buildings at the Jiyu Gakuen Minamisawa campus. When Arata died in 1951, Amano pleaded with his company to send him to the master himself. Thus Amano became the second post-war apprentice from Japan, arriving at Taliesin in 1952. While there, he helped Wright rebuild his aunts' Hillside Home School.

After Amano's return to Japan, he taught architecture at Kogakuin University and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he helped strengthen the legacy by introducing Wright's organic philosophy to the hundreds of students he taught through the years.