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Body Builders love their Onigiri – the Paper Cut World of Kaori Nakanishi

Today’s the day! If you don’t have plans and you are in NY, make your way to the J-Collabo “Heritage” exhibit and event.

Another of the fantastic artists featured is paper cut maestro Kaori Nakanishi.

According to an artist biography at from her April show at EXCY Gallery, she was “born on 7th January in1975 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, she took up the art of kirie paper-cutting when she was in university. In 2006, she left her job to become a professional kirie illustrator. Presently, she creates kirie illustrations for magazines and holds exhibitions at various locations. Delicately created by hand with a sharp utility knife, a cut paper kirie makes a beautiful picture.

Historically, kirie is well-known and popular around the world. In Japan, kirie is regarded as a form of traditional culture because its motifs often depict Japanese customs and folktales. While honoring the rich kirie tradition, she aims to employ the art form in contemporarily expressing design and illustration.
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What is it about these guys that makes me love them so much?

I love this sassy girl!

If you go, and get to meet her, tell her I love these, especially this strong girl with the whale. She is my Japanese Pippi Longstocking!

The ethereal world of Yoko Furusho

A few days ago, I tweeted about the J-Collabo exhibit and event coming on September 9th but I wanted to look a little more at some of the artists and illustrators involved.

First up today, artist Yoko Furusho.

YOKO FURUSHO is a Japanese artist/illustrator based in New York. She was born in Tokyo and moved to New York to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts. After her graduation, she started her career as a professional illustrator/artist. She likes to draw details, textures and patterns with ink and acrylics, and often uses fashion as her inspiration. She is addicted to collecting fashion magazines and likes to look at a lot of dresses and cute textiles.” Yeah, sounds like a perfect fit for Japanistic.

She also has her own collection at the Keds Collective.


I would wear any of these!

And if I can’t have the sneakers, I’d certainly settle for this mug for my morning coffee.

And remember, if you are in NY on the 9th, you can see her work and meet her at the J-Colabo event in just a few days.

J-COLLABO Exhibition “Heritage”

The telling of Japanese fairy tales is one vehicle with which the Japanese have handed down their sense of beauty, customs, lessons, and social norms through the generations. With “Heritage,” J-COLLABO’s biannual celebration and exhibition, artists in New York present Japanese tradition in a new light, using new media and innovative collaborations across artistic platforms.

Wish I could be there!

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