Nakata Kizo was born 1940 in Takayama, Ikoma, Nara prefecture. Though he was the son of a rice farmer,at the age of 14 he was sent to acquire skillful hands by learning to make whisks at an apprentice public service. After 6 years of study, he continued to learn various remaining techniques before becoming independent at the age of 25.
In 1975 he founded the Nakata Kizo cooperation. Presently, about half of Japan's whisks are produced by his company.