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14th “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

Kohei Sekigawa
Born in 1990 /
I draw as if compelled to do so by the concreteness of motifs that don’t actually exist. When everything goes right, there are times when what’s interesting about the drawing moderately distances itself from me.

Final Round of JudgingFri. April 01, 2016

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” ExhibitionWed. March 23, 2016 - Fri. April 15, 2016

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


  • "Dakkyu & Takkyu: Dislocation & Table Tennis"

    Ayaka Sanuki

    Born in 1993

    Currently in the Master Course at Kyoto University of Art & Design.

  • "Figure"

    Kohei Sekigawa

    Born in 1990

  • "Dear Someone in Capital Letters"

    Momoe Narazaki

    Born in 1991

    Graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Graphic Design.

  • "Ideal Environment"


    Born in 1991

    Graduated from Musashino Art University with a degree in Visual Communication Design.


    Yume Yamakawa

    Born in 1993

    Fourth year student in the Faculty of Design, Department of Visual Design, at Kyoto Seika University.

  • "Mr. Snowdrop"

    Fukiko Yoshida

    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "Health store"

    Terumi Saito

    Selected by Daijiro Ohara

  • "Little Voice"

    Shoko Shimokawa

    Selected by Yutanpo Shirane

  • "hose? slug? clay?"

    Yuriko Sumi

    Selected by Dainippon Type Organization

  • "perspective "

    Youko Ito

    Selected by Kuniko Nagasaki

  • "contamination"


    Selected by Kiyonori Muroga

Second Round of JudgingThu. February 04, 2016

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

  • Saki Akiyama
  • Moe Iida
  • Yoko Ito
  • Akari Uragami
  • Mai Okafuji
  • Mari Kawakami
  • Satoshi Kikuya
  • Terumi Saito
  • Ayaka Sanuki
  • Shoko Shimokawa
  • Nanami Suehiro
  • Sugizo
  • Yuriko Sumi
  • Kohei Sekigawa
  • Mika Takeuchi
  • Hiroka Chiba
  • Momoe Narazaki
  • Yoshiko Fujita
  • Yu Miyama
  • millitsuka
  • Yurie Murasaki
  • Hinata Mori
  • Yume Yamakawa
  • Agata Yamaguchi
  • Yukiko Yamasaki
  • Takumi Yamamoto
  • Yunbomu
  • Fukiko Yoshida
  • Womi

Portfolio JudgingWed. January 20, 2016 - Wed. February 03, 2016

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 January-February,2017

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)

  • 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.

  • Dainippon Type Organization

    An experimental typography group formed in 1993 by Hidechika – the one with a beard but no surname – and Tetsuya Tsukada – the one with a surname but no beard. For 25 years now, they have been playing with writing systems, probing new concepts through their experiments in disarticulating, combining and reconfiguring the written word.

  • 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.