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10th “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

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Lee Kan Kyo
Born in 1982 / Born in Taiwan. Completed studies at The Graduate School.
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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


  • "explosively, cities keep being made, while the sense of balance is dancing"


    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University Department of Film.

  • "people"

    Midori Sushi

    Born in 1987

    Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Japanese Painting.

  • "LOVE &HATE"

    Saki Nagatani

    Born in 1991

    Currently studying Musashino Art University, Department of Painting.

  • "emoji pop"

    Ayumi Yamamoto

    Born in 1990

    Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design.

  • "Pieces"

    Moeka Yokoyama

    Born in 1990

    Graduated from Kuwasawa Design School.

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    Lee Kan Kyo

    Born in 1982

    Born in Taiwan. Completed studies at The Graduate School.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • Naoki Yamamoto

    Selected by Koji Iyama

  • Ai Shinbara

    Selected by Masahiro Kakinokihara

  • Yukiko Yamazaki

    Selected by Atsuki Kikuchi

  • Tomoko Kori

    Selected by Jun Tsuzuki

  • Megumi Tsuji

    Selected by Kuniko Nagasaki

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

  • Aketarashirome
  • Kaita Abe
  • Nanako Ikeuchi
  • Rio Ebato
  • Sayuri Kuki
  • Tsubasa Kunimoto
  • Tomoko Kori
  • Mai Kobayashi
  • Ai Shinbara
  • Megumi Sugawara
  • Midori Sushi
  • Emi Seko
  • Riko Tanimoto
  • Megumi Tsuji
  • Ayana Tsujimoto
  • Akihito Tsuneoka
  • Saki Nagatani
  • Satomi Hagiwara
  • Kazuyuki Miyamoto
  • Tomomi Yada
  • Yukiko Yamazaki
  • Wakana Yamazaki
  • Ayumi Yamamoto
  • Naoki Yamamoto
  • Moeka Yokoyama
  • Aokid
  • Lee Kan Kyo

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.


  • Koji Iyama

    (Art director, Graphic designer)

    Art director and graphic designer born in 1967. Graduated from Tama Art University with a concentration in Graphic Design. After working at Nippon Design Center, he established Iyama Design. His major clients include Shueisha Inc. (“Natsu Ichi”), Kamoi Kakoshi Co., Ltd. (“mt”) and The Institute of Medical Science of The University of Tokyo. Among the many awards he has won to date are the JAGDA New Designer Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Lion, SPIKES ASIA Grand Prix, New York ADC Gold Award, CLIO Gold Award and Japan Sign Design Association (SDA) Award First Prize.

  • Masahiro Kakinokihara

    (Art director)

    Masahiro Kakinokihara was born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1970. He joined DRAFT in 1996, and established 10 inc. in 2007. To date he has won a JAGDA New Designer Award, Tokyo ADC Award, One Show Silver Pencil Award and a New York ADC Silver Award. Among his most renowned works are: branding for “Singing AEON”; VI and branding for R.O.U.; “The Smile in Japanese Art” (exhibition at Mori Art Museum); corporate identity for Shizuoka City Museum of Art; and design work for Fuji Chuo Kindergarten and Rocca. Mr. Kakinokihara is a member of JAGDA and Tokyo ADC.

  • 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.

  • Jun Tsuzuki


    Illustrator born in Tokyo in 1962. A graduate of Musashino Art University, between the 1980s and into the new millennium he garnered numerous awards in graphics competitions and for his contributions to advertising. In 2010 he mounted the exhibition “New Eidos,” followed in 2013 by “Jun Tsuzuki x Hideki Nakazawa.” In 2015 he held a lecture on “After New Eidos / An Investigation of 1980-2000.” He supervised and contributed to “Nihon Irasutore-shonshi” [A History of Japanese Illustration]. He also supervises and appears on NHK’s “Art 1” program for high school students.jti.ne.jp

  • Kuniko Nagasaki


    Illustrator born in Tokyo in 1970. After graduating from Tama Art University, where she majored in Textile Design, she became active in diverse areas including: as an illustrator, providing cover art and illustrations for books; writing essays relating to the cinema; and creating manga. She also serves as Associate Professor in the Visual Design program of Joshibi University of Art and Design.