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Dragon Art Kousyuuya is a small shop specializing in personalized dragon, located in Nikko of the Tochigi Prefecture. So great are their proffiency that the artwork is done right in front of you, in 15 minutes or less! This is accomplished through a traditional Japanese painting technique called sumi-e or suibokuga. Why a dragon? As […]

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Halloween will be almost 4 months from now, so why don’t we have an early celebration?… er showcase of Japanese Halloween treats? 😀 Featured below are paintings known as “ukiyo-e”, or “pictures of the floating world”. They flourished in Japan from 17th to 19th centuries, and depicts women, kabuki actors, wrestlers, scenes from history, folk […]

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Free stone art has been a hot topic these days, not only in Japan but also abroad. One of the famous artists is the mason artist, Hiroshi Itoh. Starting with a solo exhibit in Boston, United States in 2006, you can say that there were not a lot of fans despite of being famous in […]

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Yasuhiro Asai was born in Tottori Prefecture in 1983 and graduated from Toyama University in 2004. He started as an apprentice for Kazumi Murose in lacquer art making. Now, Asai is an independent Urushi artisan and by far has created numerous lacquer pieces which earned him many awards in Japan. I had the honor in […]

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Kano Keiko art furniture designer based in Tokyo. She has been making unique furniture and accessories by utilizing studs and swarovski used for decorating denim and leather. Her masterpiece, “Party Bag Chair”, launched her career as an independent art furniture designer. Currently, she is venturing in the US and was involved in this year’s (2014) […]

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Hayasaka is a designer working on various arts like graphic design and package. He has won the Thirteenth International Illustration Competition multiple times. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Nobuya and talked about his latest creations, Woonya. Tell Us More About You and Your Works Besides being a designer, I have been creating […]

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Unique silver accessories designer Kengo Uesugi made a lecture at an examination for the University Of Arts Cramming School. Kengo Uesugi chooses to focus on Japanese style and culture in his pieces and this has been the motto for most of his works. The materials he usually works with are silver, brass and deer skin. […]

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OKAZU started his career as a Sumi-e painter since 2013. Despite the fact that his career is not long enough, his works were featured by many civic events and he also offered his sumi-e works to Japanese animation “Garo.” WHY DID YOU START SUMI-E PAINTING? When I first started my art, my painting style was […]

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As you browse through the THIS IS JAPAN website, you may have noticed some cool looking black kewpie products adorned with Swarovski crystals and diamonds; all of these were designed and created by Ono Takayoshi (TONO) – the mastermind behind the B.QP (Black Kewpie) series. He started doing his craft last 2005 and has been […]

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