1. Went Christmas shopping the other day and stumbled across this awesome Japanese artist, Tatsuya Kobayashi, under the moniker Miltata. He’s an illustrator, designer and a musician originally from Gunma Prefecture.

    I really appreciate the simplicity of his artwork and yet how detailed it is. When I saw it in person, I was shocked to find out that the plants used in his artwork aren’t real - the colors are subtle and nostalgic and could easily pass for dried plants.

    Miltata’s word was paired up with the breathtaking craftsmanship of Inaguma Furniture and Cabinetry, the brainchild of Yusuke Inaguma. His work is amazing and I wish I had boatloads of money to furnish my apartment with craftsmanship like his and support this dude. Check him out too! He even custom makes furniture to your liking.

    If you happen to be in downtown Nagoya, their stuff is exhibiting in the Loft building at the Loop Creators Shop!

    Hope this encourages you to keep looking around for local artists to support and to notice the small things around you instead of just plowing through the week pragmatically. Good art, like beauty, isn’t just functional. It doesn’t necessarily serve a mechanical purpose, though at times it can. It is the reflection of meaning and glory and joy and yes, sadness, that helps us understand who we are and how we feel and what is significant. And the best art reveals in us that murky fragment of hope in us of the world that is to come and is coming.

    *all photos belong to Miltata and Loop Creators Shop

  2. #miltata #illustration #art #japan #nagoya #inaguma furniture

  3. Fascinated by the artwork Kazuko Nomoto creates. Simple, colorful, whimsical and filled with the organic movement of ink. 

     Nomoco was born in Japan and currently lives in London. She graduated from Osaka University of Arts, Japan, majoring in Graphic Design, subsequently graduating from London College of Communication, UK, with a BA in Graphic Design / Illustration, and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UK, with an MA in Communication Design, majoring in Illustration. 
    She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in London, Milan, Tokyo, Singapore and New York. Nature and the French horn are her inspiration, and she enjoys playing with ink and its organic movement. She also produces work under her full name Kazuko Nomoto.


  4. #kazuko namoto #illustration #graphic design #nomoco #1163 steps animation #bernstein and andriulli

  5. This scene has been following me around for some reason for the past few weeks even though it’s not quite winter yet. So, I decided to get it out of my head. 

    Still a newb at this, so bear with me.

  6. #illustration #winter #snow

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  8. #pray #japan #illustration

  9. fumi mini nakamura

    The Heart That Felt Is Light

    Another great Japanese artist - Fumi Mini Nakamura! Her art project is called “miniminiaturemouse”. She is from the small town of Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan. She immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was twelve with her mother and brother. Grad of San Jose State University. Freelancing as an illustrator and designer in NYC.  I love her stuff…

    All photos below are copyrighted to Fumi Mini Nakamura and do not belong to me in any way.

    Buffalo Dream

    Chinchilla Woodsman

    Happy 2010

    Human Totem Pole

    Illustration for a weekly paper

    Our Petit Band

    The Ice Cream Social Society of Secret Chinches

    The Pack Rat Mouse

    Definitely check out her website and support her work if you can. There are so many great things you can learn from Japanese artists.

  10. #fumi mini nakamura #artist #graphic design #illustration #shimizu #shizuoka #photos