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5th “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

"Minimal Art"
Ryohei Saito
Born in 1983 /
If you like this, then it’s what’s commonly called “art” or “graphic art”; if you don’t, then it’s “trash.”

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


  • "Yes. This isn’t kamishibai. and come on."


    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University Department of Film.

  • "yamagatayama"

    Satomi Oikawa

    Born in 1984

    Graduated from Tohoku University of Art & Design with a concentration in printmaking.

  • "H2O and god"

    Kentaro Okawara

    Born in 1989

    Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University, Department of Design.

  • "our specimens"

    Yuma Kawano

    Born in 1987

    Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Information Design.

  • "Minimal Art"

    Ryohei Saito

    Born in 1983

  • "with bread and a tune in my backpack, I gather up warped stardust and swim"

    Natsumi Takasuka

    Born in 1989

    Graduated from Seian University of Art and Design with a concentration in photography. Currently a research student at the same institution.

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.


  • 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.

  • Atsuki Kikuchi

    (Graphic designer)

    Born in Tokyo in 1974. He attended Musashino Art University, majoring in Sculpture. In 2000 he established Bluemark, and then in 2011 he founded his own design studio. His work areas include brand planning, logo design, signage planning, editorial design, etc., with a strong focus on art, fashion and architecture. He is also the principal of Book Peak, planners and publishers of art books.

  • 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

  • Kaoru Takai

    (Art director)

    Graduated from Tama Art University. After initially working in Suntory’s advertising division, in 2002 she joined SUN-AD Co., Ltd. While working primarily as an advertising art director, she also designs packaging, CD covers and commercial products. Her major clients include Suntory, Haat (ISSEY MIYAKE INC.) and CLASSICS the Small Luxury. Awards Takai has received to date include the Tokyo ADC Award and JAGDA New Designer Award.

  • Kiyonori Muroga


    Kiyonori Muroga was born in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, in 1975. Since 1999 he has performed editorial work mainly in planning related to graphic design, typography and visual culture. He also is engaged, internationally, in critique, lecturing and exhibition planning concerning those genres. Mr. Muroga formerly served as editor-in-chief of “IDEA” magazine. In recent years, he has been in charge of books such as The Next Form of Lettering Designs in Japan and Noritake’s WORKS. He is editor-in-chief of JAGDA’s “The Graphic Design Review” website.