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22nd “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

"Those who are without 5 yen are beyond redemption"
Chen Shige
Born in 1993 / Currently studying Painting in the Graduate School of Art and Design of Musashino Art University.
5-yen coin, water stone, maneki-neko, shooting star, comet. There are gaps in levels of trust in different words, a margin of uncertain ambiguity. Does Shinzo always have a 5-yen coin in his wallet to bring good luck?

Final Round of JudgingMon. March 23, 2020

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. March 17, 2020 - Sat. April 18, 2020

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


  • "Who does this beautiful doughnut belong to?"

    Mako Oodaira

    Born in 1995

    Currently studying Art and Design in the Graduate Program of Onomichi City University.

  • "Relationships based only on exchanging New Years cards come to their end."

    Kiichiro Kobayashi

    Born in 1995

    Graduated from Musashino Art University with a concentration in Painting.

  • "Those who are without 5 yen are beyond redemption"

    Chen Shige

    Born in 1993

    Currently studying Painting in the Graduate School of Art and Design of Musashino Art University.

  • "PLANTS"

    Yuta Mizukami

    Born in 1997

    Currently studying Graphic Design at Tama Art University.

  • "Collecting"

    Hinata Mori

    Born in 1995

    Graduated from Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design, majoring in Creative Design.

  • "DOPAMINE!!"

    Wan Tan

    Born in 1998

    Currently studying Illustration at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Information Design.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "soft grave"

    Nori Okawa

    Selected by Yuri Uenishi

  • "Close enough to quarrel"

    Hideki Tarui

    Selected by Atsuki Kikuchi

  • "E.C.C.O.PRAYER"

    Ken Hasegawa

    Selected by Jun Tsuzuki

  • "Underground Travel"

    Aiko Ishikawa

    Selected by Kuniko Nagasaki

  • "Idee of guts"

    Nao Minei

    Selected by Kenjiro Hosaka

Second Round of JudgingMon. January 27, 2020

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

  • Adiki
  • Aiko Ishikawa
  • Sou Imaizumi
  • Mako Oodaira
  • Nori Okawa
  • Noriko Kamikubo
  • Kise Sakura
  • Kouhei Kyoumori
  • Kiichiro Kobayashi
  • Ayano Shibata
  • Mami Shimizu
  • Hana Tanigaki
  • Hideki Tarui
  • Chen Shige
  • Chenxue Zhang
  • Madoka Tsutiya
  • Kaori Teraoka
  • Akina Haga
  • Ken Hasegawa
  • 5wood
  • Momoko Fukada
  • Yuta Mizukami
  • Nao Minei
  • Hinata Mori
  • Yuki Morimoto
  • Koichi Yairi
  • Yuriezaka
  • Ayuko Yoshiyuki
  • Wan Tan

Portfolio JudgingMon. November 25, 2019 - Sun. January 26, 2020

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. Comments by the judges are subsequently sent to all entrants. (In the event of numerous entrants, comment recipients will be decided by the members of the secretariat.)

Grand Prize Award Privileges


Solo Exhibition at Guardian Garden

300,000 JPY to prepare for the solo exhibition

Scheduled to take place in January-Februar,2021

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 300,000 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.


  • Yuri Uenishi

    (Art Director/Graphic designer)

    Art director and graphic designer Yuri Uenishi was born in Tokyo in 1987. In 2010, on graduating from Tama Art University with a concentration in Graphic Design, she joined Dentsu. Independence in 2021. Her works to date include the “World Table Tennis Championships 2015” poster (TV Tokyo) and Laforet Grand Bazar 2019 summer. Her hobbies are travel and mountain climbing in winter. She has visited 42 countries so far.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.