Tokyo Graphic Passport is a series of events organized by +81 to bring prominent Japanese artists and designers who have garnered national and international recognition under the limelight on the global stages of New York City, Paris, Bangkok etc.


The aim is to introduce and fortify conversations on contemporary Japanese art and design cultures to the wider and cosmopolitan audiences. The underlying concept that unifies the diverse participants and audience is the acute aesthetic sensibility regardless of creative genres.

This year, 3 artists and designers: Asami Kiyokawa, Kohei Nawa, Masashi Kawamura, who are on the forefront of the creative scene will give their presentations at School of Visual Arts. The panelists will discuss their work processes, inspirations, ideas and aesthetics. This will be a rare opportunity to engage with the behind-the-scenes ideas on the celebrated projects such as “PixCell” series, “Female Beauty Collection,” “Techne: Visual Workshop,” and more…

The panelists have won distinguished awards including Adobe Cutting Edge Award, Cannes Design Lion Gold, Best Debutante Award, Umehara Awards/Kirin Art Awards and others.

Tokyo Graphic Passport will serve as a platform for cultural exchanges on the topic of visual communication.


About artist: Asami Kiyokawa Female artist who currently draws the most audience in Japan.

Works both as an artist and advertising art director and designer. Held her first solo exhibition in 2001. Started making art pieces with embroidered technique since 2003. Selected major works include “Female Beauty Collection” and Complex Series. Collaborative children’s book “Is there God or not” with artist Shuntaro Tanigawa was chosen as an award-winning author of Japanese Board on Books for Young People which is the biannual world wide competition. Her numerous awards include the “VOCA” exhibition prize, the “VOGUE JAPAN Women of the Year” award, and “ASIAGRAPH Creator’s Award (Tsumugi Award)”. Exhibited her artworks at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in 2014 and recently worked on space/interior design.
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About artist: Masashi Kawamura Designer who was chosen as one of the Creative magazine’s “Creative 50.”

Masashi Kawamura is the Executive Creative Director & Founder of the Creative Lab PARTY in Tokyo & New York. He continues to explore creativity in variety of fields including advertising, music videos, product design, and digital installations, and has been chosen as one of the Creativity magazine’s “Creative 50,” and Fast Company’s “100 most creative people in business”.
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About artist: Kohei Nawa  Leading artist in the contemporary Japanese Art scene.

Born in 1975. Sculptor and assistant professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. Director of “SANDWICH,” a creative platform established in 2009 in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto. In 1998, he obtained his Ph.D. in Fine Art Sculpture from Kyoto City University of Arts. In 2011, his first major solo exhibition was held at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT). In 2013, he successfully completed “Manifold,” a large scale permanent public art installation in Cheonan, Korea and later participated in Setouchi Triennale and Aichi Triennale. Maintaining the unique concept of “PixCell” as an axis, his work continues to unfold in diverse expressions.
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