Born in Japan, Nakamura reflects to a high degree the intellectual upheaval by a small segment of contemporary Jajpanese ceramists who stand quite apart from the mainstream in their country. He employs a very physical approach to clay, working in a totally different way from most Europeans and can be classified with those who search for new ways in a country deeply involved with ceramics traditions. Nakamura currently teaches ceramics at the Tomo Art University in Japan. He studied ceramics from childhood under his father Baizan II, a potter in the Kutani tradition, then majored in sculpture at Kanazawa Art University. Two of his best-known projects, done in 1966 and 1967, are the ceramic relief for the Sony Building in Tokyo, and the ceramic mural for the Japanese Pavillion in the Montreal World's Fair of 1967. Nakamura participated in the Scripps Ceramic Annual in 1970, and was in the United States working and travelling from 1969-1970, through the award of a Rockefeller grant.