dense pen drawings of Ginza by Nobumasa Takahashi (click to enlarge)

Japanese artist Nobumasa Takahashi has created a series of dense, pen drawings of Ginza that merge fantasy and reality. Each piece draws on Ginza’s unique culture and history such as its back streets, its high-end shopping and its legacy as a hub for newspaper printing.

“Rotary Press Twister” was inspired by the rotary printing press, and Ginza’s legacy as a hub for newspaper printing

The project was commissioned by the Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, a new hotel that opened in Ginza earlier this year in January of 2018. Takahashi’s “Japanese Graffiti” series appears in all 164 guest rooms, as well as inside the 2 elevators. Takahashi hopes that the illustrations will inspire visitors to explore and fully consume everything that Ginza has to offer. And in addition to the whimsical compositions, Takahashi also created a true-to-life Study of Ginza, based on endless walks around the neighborhood, as well as precise observations using Google Earth.

If you get a chance to stay at the Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with Takahashi’s creations, up-close and personal.


Study of the Ginza 1 Chome-6 block (actual location)

Study of Ginza 8-Chome 6 block (actual location)

“Alley Adventure” inspired by the many back alleys of Ginza

“Merry-Go-Around-Ginza” inspired by all the round objects of the neighborhood

some shots of the artwork installed in the hotel guest rooms, courtesy Yohei Akao / Strickland who was responsible for the interior design of the hotel