Kenya Hara's design work is deeply rooted in Japanese culture, as demonstrated by the programmes he designed for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games.
Hara graduated in 1983 with a Master's degree in design from Musashino Art University and soon after, joined the Nippon Design Centre. In 1992, he started Hara Design Institute within Nippon. He was the art director responsible for demonstrating new possibilities in sign design through signage planning for Umeda Hospital and Katta Hospital.
He has held a one-man show in Poland, solo exhibitions and lectures in Toronto, New York, Guanajuato (Mexico) and Sao Paulo, and the RE-DESIGN exhibition tour through the UK, Denmark, and the Americas. Hara's publications include a collection of essays titled Please Steal Posters and The Mystery of Macaroni Holes, a co-authored package design anthology. Since 2001 he has been a board member of the no-name brand, Muji.