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19th “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

"Delusions of Grandeur."
Born in 1987 / Employed at 10inc.
I make works shunning what I don’t like: a sense of being fashionable, an air of being high class, looking like a design, the cuteness of the straight path, etc. Looking back at what I’ve actually made, everything was only afterimages lingering in my brain.

Final Round of JudgingThu. August 30, 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. August 28, 2018 - Fri. September 21, 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


  • "A Day Feeling Faint"

    Mizuki Ashikawa

    Born in 1994

    Currently studying in the Graduate School of Art and Design at Musashino Art University, majoring in Printmaking.

  • "T-shirt Shape"

    Seiji Arimoto

    Born in 1986

    Graduated from Kuwasawa Design School. Currently employed at Semitransparent Design.

  • "Soft Code"

    Ayane Sasaki

    Born in 1992

    Graduated from Musashino Art University’s College of Art and Design with a concentration in Industrial, Interior and Craft Design.

  • "OK to bloom"

    Tomoaki Tarutani

    Born in 1984

    Graduated from the Crafts Department of Osaka University of Arts, with a major in Textile/Dyeing.

  • "Delusions of Grandeur."


    Born in 1987

    Employed at 10inc.

  • "Bare Mountain Primitive"

    Asako Fujikura

    Born in 1992

    Graduated from the Graduate School of Film and New Media of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "Cave along the way"

    Ryu Qiuyu

    Selected by Eriko Kawakami

  • "no title"

    Ayaka Sanuki

    Selected by Atsuki Kikuchi

  • "stones in consultation"

    Yuki Muramatsu

    Selected by Dainippon Type Organization

  • "Instant Cloud"


    Selected by Jun Tsuzuki

  • "2018 SS"

    Hana Yagi

    Selected by Kenjiro Hosaka

Second Round of JudgingThu. June 21, 2018

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

  • Red fish
  • Mizuki Ashikawa
  • Asuka Michihiro
  • Seiji Arimoto
  • Tsuyoshi Anzai
  • Chikako Inoue
  • Hikari Inoue
  • Yume Ukai
  • Mai Kato
  • Rena Kudoh
  • Michihiro Saika
  • Ayane Sasaki
  • Ayaka Sanuki
  • Yuko Soi
  • Yuka Tanabe
  • Tomoaki Tarutani
  • Tamanosuke Toyoda
  • Tomomi ©︎Nishikawa
  • Umi Hasegawa
  • Kanako Hatsuya
  • HYMN
  • Asako Fujikura
  • Ai Mieda
  • Mizobuchi Juno
  • Yurie Murasaki
  • Yuki Muramatsu
  • Moromi Morokawa
  • Hana Yagi
  • Yuu Yamamoto
  • Ryu Qiuyu

Portfolio JudgingTue. May 29, 2018 - Wed. June 20, 2018

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 June-July,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.

  • 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

  • Kenjiro Hosaka

    Kenjiro Hosaka, born in 1976, is curator of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Among the major exhibitions he has curated are “Francis Bacon” (2013), “The Voice Between: The Art and Poetry of Yoshimasu Gozo” (2016), and “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945” (2017). He regularly contributes to several magazines, and he has penned essays for the JAGDA Yearbook (2014) and gggBooks 95 (Kazunari Hattori). Photo by Keizo Kioku.