1. TOP
  3. 1_WALL
  4. 13th “1_WALL” Graphics


13th “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

"A Forgotten Place"
Norio Taniguchi
Born in 1988 / Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, majoring in Painting.
I set down events that took place sometime, someplace, that everybody has forgotten (they never existed in the first place) and no one knows. The wavy lines deepen our distant memory.

Final Round of JudgingTue. October 06, 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. September 28, 2015 - Thu. October 22, 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


  • "Life Ribbon"

    Hikaru Ichijo

    Born in 1989

    Student at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School.

  • "Person from a Moment Ago"


    Born in 1994

    Student at Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department, majoring in Oil Painting.

  • "A Forgotten Place"

    Norio Taniguchi

    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, majoring in Painting.

  • "Pattern with Intent"

    Megumi Fujita

    Born in 1983

    Graduated from Setsu Mode Seminar.

  • "Fun Zones"

    Tomomi Mizukoshi

    Born in 1992

  • "File"

    Shohei Morimoto

    Born in 1986

    Graduated from the Visual Design course of Kuwasawa Design School.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes


    Nodoka Yamaura

    Selected by Daijiro Ohara

  • "「」6/X"

    Maru Takada

    Selected by Koichi Sato

  • "a true story"

    Minami Kondo

    Selected by Yutanpo Shirane

  • "playing around 〜☝️"


    Selected by Kuniko Nagasaki

  • "barbarian"

    Hikaru Harada

    Selected by Kiyonori Muroga

Second Round of JudgingTue. July 07, 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

  • Norio Taniguchi
  • Tomomi Nishikawa
  • Minami Kondo
  • Nodoka Yamaura
  • Yunbomu
  • Maru Takada
  • Katsuo to Nimei
  • Aya Codama
  • Takuto Yamaguchi
  • Hikaru Harada
  • Nao Onodera
  • Tomomi Mizukoshi
  • life size group
  • Nakaue Ayumi
  • Tomoko Kori
  • Hiromitsu Nakahashi
  • Mokume
  • Hikaru Ichijyo
  • Shouhei Morimoto
  • Midori Sushi
  • Yuko Tateyama
  • Shingo Minamida
  • Megumi Okubo
  • Megumi Fujita
  • Emi Seko
  • Yoruko Okamura
  • Karen Osawa
  • Yurie Murasaki
  • Shota Urakawa

Portfolio JudgingWed. June 24, 2015 - Mon. July 06, 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.

Grand Prize Award Privileges

Solo Exhibition at Guardian Garden

Scheduled to take place in July,2016

The Grand Prize winner receives the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at Guardian Garden roughly one year after the “1_WALL” Exhibition. The gallery is provided free of charge. Publicity assistance, including support in preparing a show leaflet, is also provided. A pamphlet will be produced and sold for the solo exhibition at Guardian Garden.


This series of exhibitions features former participants in “1_WALL” competitions who passed the first round of judging. All entrants meeting those qualifications are eligible. To date, exhibitions have focused attention on up-and-coming art directors, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers.


Finalists in “1_WALL” competitions (entrants who have passed the first and second rounds of judging) can have their name registered on the ARTIST page accessible on the Guardian Garden website.


  • 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)

  • Koichi Sato

    (Graphic designer)

    Graphic designer born in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, in 1944. He graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (now, Tokyo University of the Arts) with a degree in Visual Design. After working in the advertising department of Shiseido, he went freelance in 1971. He has won numerous awards both in Japan and abroad. He continues to work with great enjoyment. He is a member of AGI and Professor Emeritus of Tama Art University.


  • Yutanpo Shirane


    Born in Fukaya City, Saitama Prefecture, in 1968. He creates a wide array of illustrations for magazines, advertising and other print media, web contents, etc. Among his most recent works are cover illustrations for BRUTUS, visuals for GU sales campaigns, and illustrations for radiko’s “Oto-genic” campaign. In addition to his commercial work, he has created a collection of his noncommissioned works, mounted solo exhibitions, and participated in many group exhibitions.

  • 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.