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3rd “1_WALL” Graphics

Today, modes of artistic expression are becoming increasingly diversified, and together with artists who wholeheartedly seek to express themselves in new ways, Guardian Garden aspires to be a venue for considering new expressive modes. This aspiration derives from our hope that artists will overcome any hurdles in their way by offering them a gallery wall where they can express themselves freely, through their works.

Judging Results

Final Round of Judging

Grand Prize

"yoga grandpa"
Midori Sakakibara
Born in 1985 / Graduated from Tama Art University.
My concept was to take the body of “grandpa” that has lost its freedom of movement and make it ridiculously free. I expressed the happiness of being able to move freely.

Final Round of Judging

The third and final round of judging is conducted open to public viewing. The six finalists give presentations of their works on display and their plans for their solo exhibition if they win the Grand Prize. The judges discuss the merits of each finalist’s portfolio, works shown, and presentation, and together decide the winner of the Grand Prize.

“1_WALL” Exhibition

A group exhibition is held spotlighting the six finalists to emerge from the second round of judging. Each finalist is allocated a gallery wall (approx. 3.85m wide and 2.5m high) to display their works. Besides the works themselves, the judges also take into consideration how the finalists use their overall display space and how they show their works.

Success in the Second Round of Judging


  • "yoga grandpa"

    Midori Sakakibara

    Born in 1985

    Graduated from Tama Art University.

  • "kokeshi doll – trouble –"

    Natsuo Toyama

    Born in 1982

    Graduated from Musashino Art University, Department of Science of Design.

  • "one after another"

    Sayo Nagaba

    Born in 1982

    raduated from Tohoku University of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts Oil Painting.

  • "Fantastic Communication"


    Born in 1980

    Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University with Design degree. Illustrator, Designer

  • "demon of loneliness"

    Chiharu Mitsumochi

    Born in 1986

  • "fish and me"

    Nanae Yamada

    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Kanazawa University, Department of Education.

Second Round of Judging

A portfolio review is held one-on-one between each entrant and a judge. Here, the entrants are given the opportunity to directly explain the motives behind their works or their production process. After all portfolio reviews are completed, the judges assemble to discuss their assessments and select the six finalists.

Success in First Round of Judging

Entrants Who Successfully Passed the First Round of Judging

Portfolio Judging

Judging is performed based on entrants’ work files and data. The judges, all prominent in their respective fields – design, illustration, photography, etc. – plus members of the secretariat, render their judgments from various perspectives. Thirty entrants are selected to continue on to the second round of judging.


  • Tatsuya Ariyama

    (Art director, Graphic designer)

  • Ichio Otsuka

    (Illustrator, Art director)

    Illustrator and art director born in Niigata Prefecture in 1968. In addition to numerous illustrations created for books, advertising and music-related works, he is art director of “Miitsuketa!,” an educational TV program on NHK. He has published a collection of his works: illustration book, ICHIO Otsuka’s MAGIC! With film director Hirokazu Koreeda he has co-authored the picture book Kuna.

  • Kenjiro-Sano

    (Art director)

    Art director born in 1972. President of MR_DESIGN Inc. His major work includes Toyota ReBORN, Suntory BOSS, LISMO!, Nyanmage, S.T. Corporation’s Air Counter, T Boo! S for TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), Mizkan’s Toromame, etc. Nico products and the “Earth Garbage Bag” of his design are sold at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Collette in Paris, London’s Design Museum and la Rinascente in Milan. www.mr-design.jp

  • Hisashi Narita

    (Art director, Artist)

  • Naomi Hirabayashi

    (Art director, Graphic designer)