Sotten | Tokyo University of the Arts

Whenever the opportunity presents itself, here on S&T we love showing student work (see these three posts, for example) for 2 reasons. First, because there’s so much talent to be unearthed. And second, because they are the ones who really need the exposure!

Beginning next Tuesday Thursday and running through the whole week is Sotten, Tokyo University of the Arts’ senior thesis exhibition. The main arena is the Daikanyama Hillside Terrace where, interspersed throughout the duration of the exhibition, there will be special events featuring notable alumni such as art director Michihiko Yanai (perhaps most know for his Tower Records slogan “No Music No Life) and musician Keiichiro Shibuya. But, after all, it’s all about the work. So below are a few hand-picked favorites.

all images courtesy SOTTEN | click to enlarge

Casaurus by Koichiro Hoshino
Whose kids are NOT into dinosaurs? Mine certainly are. In fact, our whole family would probably go into cardiac arrest if we saw this in our living room.

bara-bara fishery by Mutsumi Kozasa
Slightly morbid yet highly entertaining throw cushions that would look great on the sofa an any seafood-lover.

The Room of Stairs by Ai Iwai
If I was a miniature person I would totally make this book my home. Reminiscent of the work of Noriko Ambe (who, by the way, is gearing up for a highly anticipated show later this month at Scai The Bathhouse)

ELEVATION Lounge by Arata Nishikawa
Just getting up there represents a significant investment of effort so I suppose, unless there is a very compelling reason, it’s a pretty good way to just chill.

Austria to cZech by Chitose Kato
There’s one in every class right? A typography fanatic who, in this case, created a typeface using distinct representative architecture from various regions across the globe. Love it.

USAWALZT  by Asami Ike
Don’t forget about the animators. Check out her adorable stop-motion animations on YouTube.

SOTTEN – Tokyo University of the Arts
Daikanyama Hillside Terrace (GMAP)
[NEW DATES] 3.17.2011 – 3.20
11:00 – 19:00 (last day – 17:00)


  1. How are in Japan now? How are you doing guys?
    I saw the news, it’s terrible!

  2. Johnny

    March 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    UpGemini – we’re fine! Thanks for your thoughts. We were in NY at the time and all our immediate family in Tokyo has been accounted for.

  3. thanks and Phew! I’m checking all my favorite blogs based in Japan.
    Take care 🙂

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