No.67 Shin Nakamise Shopping Street (Asakusa) 1-39-2, Asakusa, Taito-kuCreated on 10/2015
As you may have ascertained from the front cover, jStyle is collaborating with Japanese illustrator, Shinji Tsuchimochi for this year’s edition. He is the illustrative mastermind behind “100 Views of Tokyo” and has a gathering of fans for his nostalgic, retro pieces.
The illustration on the front cover is a piece which features the renowned Tokyo Skytree in the backdrop. Tsuchimochi explains his thought process behind the piece as follows, “While the Tokyo Skytree often makes little cameos in many different places and has gradually become a familiar sight, I was particularly inspired to draw this piece because of how it looks in the distance behind the deeply-rooted Asakusa arcade streets. The juxtaposition between the future and the past makes for a wonderful scene.”
Other than the cover, this gallery is comprising of three pieces specially chosen by us here at jStyle. If you’re interested in seeing the pieces in the flesh, the locations where each of the work can be found are shown here.
No. 68 Japanese Style Bar Yuchan Monzennakacho 2-9-4, Monzennakacho, Koto-ku, Created on 10/2015
No. 83 The Suzunari Shimokitazawa 1-45-15, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Created on 02/2016
No. 87 Rashomon Shimbashi 1-13-8, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Created on 03/2016
– An illustrator based in Tokyo –
Shinji Tsuchimoto studiedJapanese-style painting at TamaArt University while he pursuedhis own love of art by drawing on inspiration from local illustrators of the 1980s. He has wielded his paintbrushto create pieces for various different forms of media including album covers. “100 Views of Tokyo” (Shikaku Publishing) released in October 2016 in Tsuchimoto’s masterpiece work.