The Tokyo Art Book Fair!

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Last weekend my friend Julia and I went down to Tokyo to check out the annual Tokyo Art Book Fair (thought not before stopping for Black Burgers at Burger King. My video’s now up to 26,000+ views, how bonkers is that?).

The event was held at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS (you’ll notice neither Kyoto nor Tohoku are in Tokyo, so google maps was very confused at first!)

Like any great art event in Tokyo, it wasIMG_6141.JPG overwhelmingly packed and seemingly endless. I could only get through the first floor before having to head out to another event, and was glad that I had gone in with a game plan.

I wanted to see some of the artists I’ve been following on Instagram lately–namely Doodles and Stuff in Japan, Midnight Gracie and Mariya Suzuki. It was really great to get a chance to talk to some of these artists whose work I enjoy, as well as meet a number of new artists I wouldn’t have found otherwise, such as Luis Mendo and Nesse Lee.

IMG_6341.JPGThe highlight of my haul was a zine that caught my eye called “Shit the Bed.” Normally something with such a rude title wouldn’t really be my thing, but the cover was eye catching. The artist turned out to be the lovely and talented Denise Kehoe, as charming as you’d expect a young Irish woman to be. She’s been making these illustrated journals for a while now, and I picked up her two most recent issues that follow her move here to the land of the rising sun. Clever, funny, and just the right balance of insightful and self-deprecating. I’m looking forward to future installments!

I left the Art Book Fair exhausted and in full sensory overload, but happy and inspired as well. I’ve even been working on my own series of illustrations for putting together my own zine/exhibition! It’s been a dream of mine for a long time, and it feels good to finally be working toward this goal. I’ve been enjoying working on it so far, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

 

 

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Today’s Art: Happy Fall Equinox!

September 23rd is 秋分の日Shubun no Hi, the Fall Equinox–a national holiday here in Japan, so I made this little Totoro drawing (I kind of like drawing Totoro, as you might have noticed) to celebrate it. For all the time that I’ve spent drawing in coffee shops here in Japan, this one caused a stir. Apparently the best way to get Japanese people to freak out is by drawing Totoro next to them, who knew? Anyway, I hope you like it!

Also, big thanks to everyone that’s shared my Burger King Black Burger video on YouTube–it’s got almost 10,000 views right now, which is kind of crazy! You guys are amazing!

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Burger King Japan’s Black “Kuro Burger”

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I went to Tokyo to try the new Black Cheeseburger at Burger King! It’s made with charcoal and squid ink, and is pretty much the most goth food I’ve ever eaten. Or maybe it’s super heavy metal. What do you think? Would you try it?

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Today’s art: a Totoro Thank You!

I realized the other day that it’s been just over a year since I started posting my art online! This little Totoro was one of my first watercolors, so I decided to make this little video with a Totoro as a thank you for all the support you guys have shown me for the past year. I really appreciate it!

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Oizumi Carnival and the Samba-dancing Gunma-chan!

IMG_5836Last week, the Gunma Tourism Association posted this fabulous picture on Facebook, announcing that the Ooizumi Carnaval would be taking place this weekend. Samba dancers, international food, what could be better? I’ve been meaning to check out “Brazilian Town” for a while, so it seemed like a great reason to go.

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Starbucks Japan’s Caramel & Pudding Frappuccino and Shaken Caramel Custard & Espresso

IMG_5741.JPGNew season, new drinks at Starbucks! The early fall line up just started up here with the Caramel Pudding Frappucino and the Shaken Custard Espresso. Spoiler alert: they’re delicious.

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Today’s Engrish: F$%¥ AS BOMB

It’s been quite a while since I posted any Engrish here on the blog. From Tiny Grass is Dreaming to my most popular post of all time, the Fuckin’ Sale, there just hasn’t been as much catching my eye the longer I’ve lived here. Well, it’s time to dust off the tags with this special from a 3D Printing Cafe here in Tokyo!

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