Colorful, unique, and playful art pieces add color to your everyday life

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ASOBUILD

JONJON GREEN by Youta Matsuoka

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JONJON GREEN by Youta Matsuoka

Influenced by street culture like hip-hop and graffiti, hippie culture, and counter culture such as punk, Matsuoka went on a solo journey through Asia and Europe after graduating from Tama Art University.
In 2004 after coming back to Japan, he began a full-blown artistic production through live painting while working closely with Japan’s underground culture scenes. He uses various painting tools to create original patterns in his abstract expression, through which he has created and published his art in multiple forms including mural paintings, canvas pieces, and three-dimensional works.
He has published his work domestically and internationally and participated in a wide range of projects, making murals, planning art shows, and creating collaborative works with a variety of artists and companies.
By taking the position of bridging street and art, Matsuoka continues to pursue his artistic style in modern Japan.

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ASOBUILD

Since this entrance mural is the face of ASOBUILD, I created a piece that brings the name of the place to the forefront. I surrounded the letters with various colorful painting patterns to express playfulness and diversity. I hope many people will feel another level of excitement for ASOBUILD when they see this mural.

JUNK LAND

magma

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magma

Artist unit by Jun Sugiyama and Kenichi Miyazawa, formed in 2008. Specializing in conveying unique worldview by combining various materials by hand, magma creates art pieces as well as a wide range of client-based works including furniture, products, props, and even spatial presentations.

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JUNK LAND

Things that had existed far before we were born and things of the future. We blend together ‘things that have once been thrown away by someone else’ to create something new. JUNK LAND is packed with magma’s lifework made through various production methods.
Photo by Kenya Chiba

Mails

Kazunori Matsumura

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Kazunori Matsumura

Spatial designer, born in 1982 in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Matsumura works on designs for stores, exhibitions, displays, and installations with spatial design as a linchpin. He specializes in closely combining exhibited items and their background stories with characteristics of the space and bringing out the charms of both the exhibition and space.

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Mails

This artwork is made with a motif of envelopes. I knew that it would be exhibited at the beginning of a hallway called Post Street, so I created a design on the wall with envelope-shaped objects that everyone is familiar with. The envelopes open wider as they go higher and create a visual that makes viewers think they are flying away into the sky from the mailbox placed in the bottom center.

“Mirrored Hairstyles ~Three Pieces of Eboshi High Caps~”

Hisakazu Shimizu

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Hisakazu Shimizu

Lecturer at Kuwasawa Design School and Tokyo University of the Arts. Shimizu established S&O Design after working as a chief designer of Canon’s ‘IXY Digital’ digital camera. He has garnered attention for his wide range work, including the research project ‘Lovable Bad Design’.

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“Mirrored Hairstyles ~Three Pieces of Eboshi High Caps~”

Dance and play, sing and play, and fall in love and play
For aristocrats in the Heian era, playing was a part of social courtesy. Japanese traditional waka poems, wind and string instruments, a football-like game played by courtiers called kemari, a boardgame called sugoroku, and poetry contests are examples of the pastimes they enjoyed, and intellectuals who excelled at these were given important posts. Heian aristocrats enjoyed their everyday life with refined amusement, and they now represent role models for adults who know how to play well. I depicted three individuals wearing eboshi high caps, which are the representation of playful adults.

Super, super, super, super, super... dear infinitely super beckoning cats

Shinichi Wakasa

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Shinichi Wakasa

Born in 1982 in Hiroshima. Wakasa studied traditional Japanese painting methods in a university and graduated as the top student, and his graduation thesis was bought out by the university.
After graduation, he won the second prize in the publicly open competition ‘Debut’ held by magazine Gekkan Bijutsu.
He then went on to domestic and international arenas to publish his work, and has recently participated in a wide range of projects by providing his original paintings to traditional crafts maker ‘Nagakusa Embroidery’ and Kyoto paper lantern maker ‘Kobishiya Chubei’ and collaborating with New York-based fashion brand ‘sawa takai’ and ‘MEMUSE’, a brand by Risa Aizawa from Dempagumi.inc.

Super, super, super, super, super... dear infinitely super beckoning cats

Beckoning cats have descended upon ASOBUILD.
I created this piece with a hope to give happiness and power to everyone who visits here.
There are various theories as to their history, but it is said that beckoning cats were born in Japan a few hundred years ago, and I appreciate how they still bring us luck now.
Please place yourself in between the gigantic beckoning cats and enjoy the world of beckoning cats!

ASOBUILD

Kaido Kenta

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Kaido Kenta

Born in Aichi, and graduated from Nagoya Zokei University. Currently lives in Tokyo.
Kaido draws illustrations for advertisements, magazines, and books.

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ASOBUILD

I converted the image of the entire ASOBUILD into an illustration.
I included my own image of the facility and drew out a lively atmosphere, with a hope that this will help viewers create their original image of ASOBUILD.
I hope this illustration will inspire people to become interested in art or come to visit the facility.

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ONENESS

Kim Songhe

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Kim Songhe

Kim began her artistic work after graduating from Oda Fashion College, and in 2005, established herself as a chandelier artist after garnering attention with her chandelier works exhibited at multi-brand shop Loveless. Since then, she has created works, spatial displays, and product design for companies and brands domestically and internationally.

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ONENESS

My work includes and combines many of items that are usually not linked together. I made this piece with a wish that ASOBUILD becomes a place that gives birth to new ideas and hope free from fixed concepts where everyone becomes united through playful activities regardless of age, gender, or nationality.

POSTAL EXTRA STAGE

Kazuki Umezawa

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Kazuki Umezawa

Artist who belongs to CASHI and Chaos*Lounge. Born in 1985, and graduated from Musashino Art University Department of Imaging Arts & Sciences. Umezawa collects and reconstructs images scattered throughout the internet and creates and publishes art pieces that express the sense one feels when faced with an overwhelming amount of information in chaotic images.
Photo by Shintaro Yamanaka

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POSTAL EXTRA STAGE

All I do is surf the internet or play games, so I created a chaotic landscape that jumbles up fictional characters and real gods. I want this piece to be regarded as an extra hidden stage inside a game and provide people with a chance to get to know each other in a landing in the former Yokohama Central Post Office Annex, just like how mail connects people on opposite ends.

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Guardian Lion

RIBBONESIA

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RIBBONESIA

Artist unit by artist Baku Maeda and creative director Toru Yoshikawa. As an originator of ribbon art, Ribbonesia creates various formative pieces by twisting, turning, folding, and bending ribbons. They have also worked on numerous visual presentations for domestic and international brands.

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Guardian Lion

We created guardian lions with soft ribbons in this new crafts-making space, inspired by a motif of the lions that are known around the world. I hope the lions will inspire creativity for everyone from children to adults and be regarded as a semi-divine figure to protect the various craftsmanship that takes place in the DIY space every day.

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PITCH CLUB

Yuki Yamamoto

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Yuki Yamamoto

Wall painting artist from Hyogo. Yamamoto has a number of achievements, such as winning the international competition of hand-painted architectural perspective in 2010 and the Japan tournament of worldwide live painting competition ‘ART BATTLE’ in 2019. He started the company OVER ALLs with Takato Akazawa and currently works primarily in the United States and Japan.