Update: The Work of Tenmyouya Hisashi

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 15, 2015
Tokyo-based artist Tenmyouya Hisashi began his career as a contemporary artist after working as an art director at a record label. He calls his work 'Neo Nihonga,' meaning Neo Japanese Painting. This comes from his bringing together of traditional Japanese art with Western learning and Hip-Hop influences.

Nakamura Hiroshi's 1950s Protest Art

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
Born in 1932, Nakamura Hiroshi was trained by the Japan Art Alliance as a reportage painter. The Alliance was 'a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting.' By the 50s, Hiroshi was very involved in depicting protests against the rise of U.S. military bases. He saw himself as a 'reporter at the frontlines' of confrontations, brandishing sketchbook and pencil as opposed to a camera.

Intricate Etchings by Ikuma Nao

Illustration // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
We came across Japanese artist Ikuma Nao's etchings and copper engravings the other day and were immediately taken by them. Nao has had two solo exhibitions at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, both featuring her copperplate engravings.

Update: Mikitype's Body Lettering

Erotica // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Mikitype is a calligrapher and Type Designer whose avant-garde approach to typology is both clean and thrilling. These gorgeous photographs of calligraphy hand-painted onto models gives the art of type an entirely new dimension, meshing fashion and design, body and word.

The Japanese Art of Candy Sculpture

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Candy and animals. This is an excellent combo. And where else can you find this level of cuteness than in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. At Ameshin, the candy shop run by Japanese confectioner Shinri Tezuka, you will find these adorable and delicious treats. Tezuka also offers classes on and demonstrations of Amezaiku, the 1300-year old traditional art where sugar, starch and water is sculpted and colored.

Kotaro Chiba's Girlish Innocence

Illustration // Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Kotaro Chiba is a professional freelance illustrator, designer, and animator based in Niigata, Japan. Her work is clearly heavily influenced by her home country, containing elements of traditional Japanese art as well as anime and manga, showing lithe young women with long delicate necks and soft features in a variety of natural landscapes.

Tokyo Restaurant Decorated with Recycled Cables

Design // Friday, May 01, 2015
Designed by Japanese artist and architect Kengo Kuma, this bar-restaurant located in Kichijoji outside Tokyo is adorned withheaps of colored recycled cables. "We applied recycled LAN cables, which we call Mojamoja – to describe its shaggy, wooly look – and what is called acrylic ball (left-over melted acrylic byproduct pieces) to everything from interior materials to furniture. As the result, some amazing interior emerged, where form becomes invisible and only materiality and various colors appear as if floating in the air.

The Work of Takahiro Hirabayashi

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 10, 2015
Takahiro Hirabayashi, a traditionally trained Japanese painter, uses age-old techniques in his contemporary portraits while combining a morbid sci-fi element in his breathtaking work. Hirabayashi’s whimsical characters seem to be barely surviving in a beautiful post-apocalyptic world.

Papa's Incredible Detailed Mazes

Illustration // Friday, April 03, 2015
A couple of years ago Japanese twitter user @Kya7y was looking through her father's attic and found an incredibly detailed maze that her father had created 30 years prior. She pressed her dad, Kazuo Nomura, a Janitor at a public University, for details and he explained that it ook him 7 years to draw the 33" x 33" maze. Now, after some pleading from his daughter, Kazuo has begun drawing another maze.

Turning Back the Clock with Ikenaga Yasunari

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 01, 2015
We have been doing a ton of research in lieu of our trip to Tokyo, and we were looking into aritsts of the Nihonga style, and ran across the contemporary artist Ikenaga Yasunari that we have writting about. From our last post: Born in 1965, artist Yasunari's serene and soothing portraits of modern women evoke a dreamy nostalgia through their faded golden hues and elegant floating poses.


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