Chikara Umihara came to New York in 2006 to pursue his interest in photography. Formerly, he was a practitioner of martial arts for over 15 years. He earned his BA in literature from Waseda University in Tokyo, in 2000. He attended Review Santa Fe in New Mexico in 2010. He was a 2010 Hot Shot!, and he was selected for the Present Tense competition exhibition at Photo Center NW in Seattle as well as the new directions competition exhibition at wall space gallery in Santa Barbara and Seattle in 2011. Chikara was named the 2010 Hey, Hot Shot! Ne Plus Ultra, and is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery.