"Based on my experience in Tokyo so far, there seem to be common values that link Japanese people to one another. When riding the subway day-to-day, you can see individuals who appear eager to stand-out from the masses, and others who appear happy to fit-in. Underneath a Japanese person’s chosen appearance or attitude, I’m curious to know how strong the common cultural links remain between them. Are they curious to know too?"
Rob McMaster is a New Zealand illustrator and storyboard artist living in Tokyo. He is inspired by strong storytelling, great line-work and his surroundings.
is a Tokyo based illustrator originally from Sydney, Australia. Her work includes illustrations for Isetan, Beams, Elle, Bon Appétit and Lucky Peach magazines. She is Represented in Japan by BUILDING, and in Australia by The Jacky Winter Group.
"I was inspired to make this illustration from the fact that Tokyo also has its own Geisha district, although not as well known as Kyoto. If you're lucky enough, you might stumble upon them in areas like Asakusa or Yoshi-cho. I wanted to use the colorful patterns in her kimono to depict the city lights and signboards all around Tokyo."
Fern Choonet is a freelance illustrator originally from Bangkok, educated in Toronto and currently living in Tokyo. She had been based in Japan since 2013. Her works can be found on both commercial and editorial projects.
is a UK based illustrator. She spent six months in Japan drawing vending machines. Her work covers buildings, food, clothes, patterns and can be regularly viewed in newspapers and book covers round the world.