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12th “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

Born in 1988 / Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University Department of Film. Employed at aokid city.
1. An area within the city of Berlin.
2. A fragment. Lining or standing up fragments of the world in an attempt to create a lighthearted, flat space.

Final Round of JudgingWed. April 01, 2015

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” ExhibitionMon. March 23, 2015 - Thu. April 16, 2015

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




    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University Department of Film. Employed at aokid city.

  • "Elysium"

    Yuri Sakai

    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Design, with a concentration in Visual Communication.


    Haneno Suzuki

    Born in 1989

    Second-year student in the Masters Program in Design, Graduate School of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of the Arts.

  • "A Person Not to be Forgotten"

    Myoji Matsumoto

    Born in 1994

    Second-year student at Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department, majoring in Oil Painting.

  • "invisible layers"

    Machi Miyahara

    Born in 1988

    Currently studying in the Master of Arts course in Space Strategies at Weissensee School of Art in Berlin.

  • "patternation"


    Born in 1993

    Presently a third-year student at Kyoto University of Art & Design, Department of Information Design, Illustration Course.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "Deformed Battle of the Monkey and the Crab"

    Naoto Kawashima

    Selected by Koji Iyama

  • "attempt to take a scene that came to mind while listening to music and write it as a score without the concept of sheet music"

    Saori Takano

    Selected by Daijiro Ohara


    Shion Tokita

    Selected by Jun Tsuzuki

  • "White Sculpture"

    Ryo Fujii

    Selected by Kuniko Nagasaki

  • "daydream"

    Moeko Yoshihara

    Selected by Kiyonori Muroga

Second Round of JudgingFri. January 30, 2015 - Tue. February 03, 2015

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

  • Aokid
  • Sakiko Akada
  • Shohei Ochiai
  • Chikano Ono
  • Nao Onodera
  • Masasi Casio
  • Naoto Kawashima
  • Maruko Kikuchi
  • Nobue Kubota
  • Kent Maedavic
  • Hyuga Koike
  • Yuri Sakai
  • Eriko Sato
  • Mako Shimizu
  • Megumi Suganuma
  • Midori Sushi
  • Haneno Suzuki
  • Saori Takano
  • Minoru Tanibata
  • Kohei Tsunada
  • Shion Tokita
  • Ryo Fujii
  • Myoji Matsumoto
  • Hitomi Misumi
  • Keita Minami
  • Machi Miyahara
  • Nodoka Yamaura
  • Sumika Yamate
  • Yuiji
  • Moeko Yoshihara

Portfolio JudgingSat. January 17, 2015 - Thu. January 29, 2015

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.

  • Daijiro Ohara

    (Graphic designer)

    Graphic designer born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1978. In 2003, upon graduating from Musashino Art University with a concentration in Basic Design, he established omomma. In addition to undertaking design work and video production, through exhibitions, workshops, performance, etc. he undertakes numerous projects probing new perceptions in language and the written word. In 2014 he won a JAGDA New Designer Award and Tokyo TDC Award. http://omomma.in/ (Japanese only)

  • 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.

  • 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.