Photo by: Karin Shikata

日本語

KiKi
Illustrator / Sustainable Columnist

 From Japan and based in Berlin ・Germany since the summer of 2016. I studied character design – Illustration & Animation at Kyoto University of Art and Design.  After graduating, I worked for 3 years as an assistant to the manga department of Kyoto University of Art and Design. Currently, I am working as an illustrator in magazines and books,  I have also a series of columns on sustainability and vegetarianism in several media.

My story

We don’t have any transportation, one hour drive to the nearest store by my father’s car. Anyway, my home town is a really small village with really beautiful nature. When I was a child, it was great entertainment to play endlessly with paper, color pens, and the fantasy world of my head.

Since there was no high school closeby, I left my home to go to the one in another city. I had to be independent of 15 years old and drawing illustrations with the fantasy world of my head became mental support for me.

Children who lives in a small village like me, grow up and are just about to start their life journey. Through illustration and writing, I would like to show them how big the world is and that there are many paths they can take.

Clients

Embassy of Germany -Tokyo, Japan / Süddeutsche Zeitung Familie – Munich, Germany / Tandem APP – Berlin, Germany / SUBARU Corporation – Tokyo, Japan / veggy  magazine -Tokyo, Japan / ELEMINIST  magazine – Tokyo, Japan / etc…

Awards

World Web Article Award 2019 / writes publisher prize
– Tokyo, Japan. As a supplementary prize, my essay joined a book and published in 2020

Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduation show 2012 / Character design department Outstanding Student Award
– Kyoto, Japan

 Press

TANDEM TALES: FROM LANGUAGE EXCHANGE TO ART EXHIBITION

Current column series

Young Germany  /  Client: Embassy of Germany -Tokyo, Japan 
Official web magazine of Embassy of Germany in Tokyo.

Currently my column: “Sustainable Life in Berlin”

ELEMINIST /  Client :trustridge Inc. – Tokyo,Japan 
ELEMINIST is a guide for a sustainable lifestyle. ELEMINIST means “Enjoy Lifestyle & Minimal”, it’s coined word.

Currently my column: With the theme of a sustainable lifestyle,
I’ll write about my experience living in the city of Berlin
how this common with my experience growing up in a small village in Japan.