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16th “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

"One All"
Akina Tokiyoshi
Born in 1994 / Graduated from the Information Design course of Kyoto University of Art & Design.
My theme is “almost illustration,” the state in which the original and its reproduction are generally the same.

Final Round of JudgingTue. February 28, 2017

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” ExhibitionTue. February 21, 2017 - Fri. March 17, 2017

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


  • "Interior"

    Hiroyuki Ishii

    Born in 1985

    Attended Kuwasawa Design School, concentrating in Spatial Design.

  • "Forms can be Seen"

    Kazuyuki Ishida

    Born in 1993

    Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University with a concentration in Graphic Design.



    Born in 1992

    Currently studying at Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in Intermedia Art.

  • "Drunk on a Mont Blanc Parfait"


    Born in 1994

    Currently a student in the Visual Design course at Joshibi University of Art and Design.

  • "One All"

    Akina Tokiyoshi

    Born in 1994

    Graduated from the Information Design course of Kyoto University of Art & Design.

  • "web drawing series_living cells"

    Mary Fujii

    Born in 1989

    Completed the graduate program in Fine Arts at Kyoto City University of Arts.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "Traces of action -- self-movement in poetry --"

    Minami Arai

    Selected by Rika Eguchi

  • " free hats"

    Yuu Yamamoto

    Selected by Daijiro Ohara

  • "What happens near next-door to next-door"

    Yuji Oda

    Selected by Yutanpo Shirane

  • "all too common story"

    Mizuki Ashikawa

    Selected by Dainippon Type Organization

  • "Me sitting on◼, things that were on ◼"


    Selected by Kiyonori Muroga

Second Round of JudgingWed. December 14, 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

  • Kouki Aiba
  • Mizuki Ashikawa
  • Ayapopo
  • Minami Arai
  • Seiji Arimoto
  • Hiroyuki Ishii
  • Kazuyuki Ishida
  • wimp
  • Maiko Oue
  • Yoichiro Otani
  • Yuji Oda
  • Yuma Kayane
  • Yukari Kunimoto
  • Kazumi Sakaguchi
  • Sari Shibata
  • Kousuke Tsurube
  • Akina Tokiyoshi
  • Chika Namiki
  • Hikaru Harada
  • Takato Hisamoto
  • Marry Fujii
  • Miku Tsuchiya
  • Moromi Morokawa
  • Marie Yanase
  • Takumi Yamamoto
  • Yuu Yamamoto
  • yukomayumi
  • Yunbomu
  • Rate

Portfolio JudgingThu. November 24, 2016 - Tue. December 13, 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

100,000 JPY to prepare for the show, plus the right to prepare an exhibition pamphlet.

Scheduled to take place in January-February,2018

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, and the winner is presented 100,000 JPY to prepare for the show. 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.


  • Rika Eguchi

    (Art director and Artist)

    Art director and artist engaging in a broad array of artistic activities: everything from the two to three dimensional, advertising, and clothing. Her works include design of Softbank’s “PANTONE∞“ and baby toys for Benesse Kodomo Challenge, and costume design for figure skater Daisuke Takahashi (2011). Among the many awards she has garnered to date are a JAGDA New Designer Award, “Hitotsubo Exhibition” Grand Prize, Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (Excellent Award), Good Design Award, and a D&AD Yellow Pencil Award (UK).

  • 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.

  • 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.