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18th “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

"Demon” “Space Ship” “Royal Drive"
Naoya Hirata
Born in 1991 / Graduated from Musashino Art University with a concentration in Sculpture.
Objects in a perfectly dead world. A futile struggle to be liberated from the worry of something breaking or being lost.

Final Round of JudgingTue. February 27, 2018

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 20, 2018 - Fri. March 16, 2018

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


  • "Re-present"

    Manami Kawamura

    Born in 1996

    Currently attending Joshibi University of Art and Design, majoring in Visual Design.

  • "New Fashion"


    Born in 1993

    Graduated from Tama Art University with a concentration in Graphic Design.

  • "Thinking about picture books"

    Kobushi Nakata

    Born in 1988

  • "Demon" "Space Ship" "Royal Drive"

    Naoya Hirata

    Born in 1991

    Graduated from Musashino Art University with a concentration in Sculpture.

  • "Grammatical Engine"

    Thought Fukunishi

    Born in 1992

    Graduated from Wako University, Faculty of Representational Studies, Department of Transcultural Studies.

  • "I tried holding it"

    Monyochita Pomichi

    Born in 1996

    Auditor in the Department of Art and Design at Kiryu University Junior College.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "landscape"

    Fumiko Nakata

    Selected by Eriko Kawakami

  • "swaying"

    Miku Tsuchiya

    Selected by Atsuki Kikuchi

  • "About A Band"

    Ryohei Kazumi

    Selected by Yutanpo Shirane

  • "Carve a hollow, lick and eat value of little worth"

    Mizuho Nishino

    Selected by Dainippon Type Organization


    Manuka Mani

    Selected by Jun Tsuzuki

Second Round of JudgingWed. December 13, 2017

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

  • Seiji Arimoto
  • Naoto Oi
  • Haruka Ochiai
  • Ryohei Kazumi
  • Manami Kawamura
  • Muki Kiyura
  • Shimizu
  • Kazuma Shirota
  • ZUMA
  • Ryosei Senoh
  • Miku Tsuchiya
  • Nao Toguchi
  • Fumiko Nakata
  • Kobushi Nakata
  • Misaki Nakamura
  • Mizuho Nishino
  • Takumi Hashimoto
  • Nanami Hasegawa
  • Naoya Hirata
  • Thought Fukunishi
  • Shiori Fujioka
  • Hojuto
  • Yuhi Masaki
  • Manuka Mani
  • Annu Mouri
  • Monyochita Pomichi
  • Hinata Mori
  • Koichi Yairi
  • Keiji Yano
  • Haruka Yamakawa

Portfolio JudgingSat. November 25, 2017 - Tue. December 12, 2017

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

200,000 JPY to prepare for the solo exhibition

Scheduled to take place in January-February,2019

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 200,000 JPY to prepare for the show. Publicity assistance, including support in preparing a show leaflet, is also provided.


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.


  • Eriko Kawakami

    (Art director)

    Art director born in Tokyo in 1982. She graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Design, in 2006, and in 2008 she joined Draft Co., Ltd. She went freelance in 2018. Her major work to date includes: “RURU MARY’S” for Mary Chocolate Co.; branding for Marumatsu Tea Co.’s “san grams” tea; graphics for Pocchiri, specialists in coin purses; and the in-house product maker “D-BROS.” She has won a JAGDA Award, Tokyo ADC Award and JAGDA New Designer Award.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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