Behind the Simplicity – Steve Jobs and Shin-Hanga

The Secret Passion of Steve Jobs

  • NHK WORLD-JAPAN provides an exclusive look at the Japanese art collection of Steve Jobs 10 years after his death
  • Old friends and experts remember Jobs and how his aesthetic sensibility may have been inspired by Japanese art

From the Macintosh computer to the iPhone, Apple founder Steve Jobs masterminded a series of inventions that changed the world. He was also famously interested in Japanese culture, including Zen meditation and traditional cuisine. Less known was his love of Shin-hanga -- a modern take on ukiyo-e woodblock printing.
Ahead of the 10th anniversary of Jobs' death, NHK WORLD-JAPAN was granted exclusive access to a list of works he bought in Tokyo. In this special program, experts and old friends look at how Jobs' beautiful collection may have informed his own aesthetic sensibility.

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