On my fourth day I visited 21_21 design gallery in Hinokicho Park, Minato-ku in Tokyo. I was really happy to collect so much graphic printed matter from the gallery to add to a growing collection of Japanese print work for my archive. Whilst they did not have a show on print at the time of my visit, I saw a really interactive and lively show bringing to life the fashion design work of Chisato Tsumori. I found the energy of this show to be very reflective of the playful, engaging and character filled content that seems to dominate much of of the commercial visuals in Japan. I really enjoyed this show and its many interactive elements.
I also was lucky to catch Awakenings: Art and Society in Asia 1960s-1990s at the National Museum of modern art Tokyo which i feel gave me a very relevant backdrop and context to the art being made in Japan today. I again was able to document graphic posters and collect printed matter to add to my growing visual vocabulary of print design from Japan.