Toshiyasu Nakamura was born in Fukuoka and studied wood sculpture at Kyushu Sangyo University. He then switched to glass making, which he studied at the Toyama Glass Institute. In 2006, he established his own studio, Kobin Studio, initially in Oita and later moved it to Toyama. He has recently moved back to his home prefecture, Fukuoka, in the Kyushu region, where he has been working independently.
Nakamura's glass pieces are influenced by his background in wood cutting. He uses Czech glass cutting techniques to carve Japanese natural motifs, such as trees and bamboos covered in snow.
Nakamura recently joined the Toyota Lexus LS500h project and created a beautiful cutting on the car door trim ornament. Nakamura has his work displayed in the permanent collection of the Toyama Glass Art Museum, Japan.