the art issue
C - The Art Issue This issue was conceptualized as a means to display the varied talents of expats living in Japan. They come from many different creative backgrounds and develop many others still while in Japan. Enjoy their work, and check out each contributorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s links for more.
Issue Concept and Design Ashley Hirasuna
Copy Editing Lauren Hill
Disclaimer Neither National AJET nor AJET Connect magazine own any of the work displayed here. Everything in this issue was published with the permission of each contributor and should not be used for any other means outside of the issue. Contact information for each contributor has been provided at the beginning of their spread, so please address each contributor individually with inquiries.
Cover Photo Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash.com
Find Us Online Facebook Instagram Twitter ISSUU
Table of Contents
Erika Fung 04 Jayne Arnold 08 Whitney Wu 12 Celine Bennett 36 Emily Howard 40 Lee-Ann Haslam 46 Yoshika Wason 50 Lailanie Roxas 56 Ting-Yu Chen 64 Iustina Banu 68 Colette English 72 Taylor Fehr 96 Jessica Craven 104 Leanne Lau 108 Kathleen E. Yarnold 142
Erika Fung Tokyo Immersed
Jayne Arnold Kagoshima Girl with the Pink Fan Sunrise Year of the Boar
Instagram Redbubble Society6
Girl with the Pink Fan
Year of the Boar
Whitney Wu Aomori Distortion Lost in Purple Witch Thinking of You In the Smoke (I) Cleansing In the Smoke (II) Portrait Still We Rise Pink Haze Lost in the Woods Together with You A View of the Mountains Fio I Found You in the Mountains The Princess Stepped out of the Brambles Donut Enburi Thinking Pink Sparkle Craft Witch Portrait Gallery Twitter Instagram
Lost in Purple
Thinking of You
Together with You
I Found You in the Mountains
The Princess Stepped Out of the Brambles
In the Smoke (I)
In the Smoke (II)
Still We Rise
Lost in the Woods
A View of the Mountains
Celine Bennett Fukushima Remembrance Delighting in Hard Work When the Washois End Photos taken at the Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi Matsuri
When the Washois End
Emily Howard Kyoto Untitled 1/2/3/4/5 What started out as a silly idea for something to keep me busy during the spring break holidays quickly became a passion project for me. Through this book, I wanted to capture my current impression of Ine, so that 10 years in the future I could look at it and remember what I was thinking and feeling now in my small, oceanside village. I made the book by cutting images from colored paper with a knife, scanning the pieces once I had finished cutting them, and then arranging them into a book through a website. I poured hours and hours into this project, but it was all worth it for the moment I finally got to hold the book in my hands.
Lee-Ann Haslam Chiba The Dance; The Forgotten CARIBBEAN Glass
Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a British Jamaican glass artist who majored in creative glass at Tokyo Geidai.
Facebook Portfolio World Art Tokyo 2019: Vibrations Exhibition
The Dance; The Forgotten 47
Yoshika Wason Aomori Like Summer Autumn Apples Winter Sea Salt Flower Boy Photos: Riley Jones (Aomori) Translation of Summer Dandelion by Daniel Chou All other translations by Angela Young (Aomori)
Website APIAJET Website
Summer Dandelion Sundress and bare feet, braided dandelion crown you smell like summer サンドレスと素足, 編まれたタンポポの冠あなた、夏の香りするな。
Autumn Apples Silent orchard night: apple heavy branch drops fruit, bruised but free at last 夜の沈黙した果樹園 りんご木の根から実が落ちる 傷だらけが、 やっと自由
Winter Waves Spiced with salt and snow waves fold and foam like meringue spoon dipped into sea. 塩と雪をかけた 波がメレンゲのように、干満 海にスプーンを浸す
Spring Softens Spring softened grass fuzz like a boy with new haircut, will grow wild, tangled. 春で柔らかくした草の葉 坊主頭の少年のように 自生して、 もつれて、成長する
Lailanie Roxas Nara At a Glance Nabana no Sato Bloom Upside Down Distance Perseverance
At a Glance
Nabana no Sato
Ting-Yu Chen Ehime Rainy Season Summer Fall/Autumn Happy Hanukkah Lunar New Year Sakura and Graduation The Uncanny Series is inspired by game monsters. The series depicts creatures from various types of games such as trading card games, MMOs, RPGs, etc.
Tumblr Instagram Website
Sakura and Graduation
Iustina Banu Saitama Pale Padure Iarna
Colette English Hokkaido Wildlife of Japan Through the Seasons
Baby Ural Owl
Blakistonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish Owl
Ussuri Brown Bear
Northern Goshawk 83
White-naped Crane 88
Sandhill Crane 89
Japanese Macaque 90
Stellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sea Eagles
Taylor Fehr Ishikawa An Experiment in Movie Lighting (Papercutting) A Mentor An Angel A Friend, Reanimated
Nicoletta Goldstein cosplay, Devil May Cry 5 Futaba Sakura cosplay, Persona 5
Cosplay photographers: @yusann1580 animeanime.jp
An A A Mentor
An Experiment in Movie 98
Angel A Friend, Reanimated
Lighting (Papercutting) 99
Nicoletta Goldstein co 100
osplay, Devil May Cry 5 101
Futaba Sakura cosplay, Persona 5 102
Jessica Craven Saitama Scratched Portrait 1 Japanese Rose Teapot
Scratched Portrait 1 105
Japanese Rose Teapot
Leanne Lau Kagoshima Dinner in Fukuoka Yakiniku at Good Neighbours Good Neighbours Paintings Sarugajo and Hachiman Jinja Hachiman Jinja Daruma Daruma bro Tsumago Izumi Sakurajima daikon coloured Sakurajima daikon inked Karakuni dake Kagoshima lovers Cult 01
Website Instagram Vimeo
Cult 02 Tokyo Fukutoku Inari Jinja Tsunoshima Hagi Tsuwano Kampong Khleang Magome Mt. Norikura Tree sketches Shibushi Shirakawa Go sketchbook flip through Tokyo sketchbook flip through Eat Totem 5 second day
Dinner in Fukuoka A painting of my dinner at a nomikai in Fukuoka
Yakiniku at Good Neighbours â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Neighbours Jamboreeâ&#x20AC;? is a fantastic art and music festival in Kagoshima
Good Neighbours Paintings A collection of paintings from “Good Neighbours Jamboree”
Sarugajo and Hachiman Jinja Sarugaji is absolutely my favorite place in Kagoshima. It really is natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground with giant boulders, swimming spots and waterfalls. Hachiman Jinja is the local shrine in Izumi, Kagoshima. It hosts Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest shrine bell and smallest shrine bell.
Hachiman Jinja A close up of the Hachiman Jinja painting
Daruma Ink drawing of a Daruma
Daruma Bro I like surfing, and i have some small surf goals this year.
Tsumago A digital painting based off a sketch from my trip to Tsumago in Nagano
Izumi A digital painting inspired by my town Izumi. Izumi is famous for cranes and samurai houses.
Sakurajima Daikon Coloured A small coloured drawing of Sakurajimaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daikon.
Sakurajima Daikon Inked An ink drawing of Sakurajimaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daikon. Sakurajima grows the largest variety of daikon in the world.
Karakuni dake Kagoshima has a lot of volcanoes that you can hike. My favorite is karakuni dake, this is sketch from that hike.
Kagoshima Deer “Kago” means deer, and “Shima” means island. I have a lot of love for Kagoshima.
Kagoshima Lovers Kagoshima is famous for...deer, black pork, sweet potatoes, mikans, onsens, volcanoes and a few other things.
Cult 01 I watched a few documentaries about cults on Netflix. It inspired a series of drawings.
Cult 02 Another drawing from a series about cults.
Tokyo A drawing from my travel sketchbook to Tokyo.
Fukutoku Inari Jinja A drawing from my travel sketchbook to Yamaguchi ken.
Tsunoshima A page from my travel sketchbook to Yamaguchi ken. Documenting the things I ate and places I saw.
Hagi A page from my travel sketchbook to Yamaguchi ken. Buildings from Hagi and Yamaguchi city.
Tsuwano A page from my travel sketchbook to Yamaguchi ken. Tsuwanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taikodani Inari Shrine.
Kampong Khleang From my travel sketchbook to Cambodia. We saw the floating houses in Kampong Khleang.
Magome From my travel sketchbook to Nagano ken. A drawing of houses and roads on the trail between the two towns.
Mt. Norikura From my travel sketchbook to Nagano ken. A hike near Mt. Norikura.
Tree Sketches Sketches of trees on a hike near Mt. Norikura
Shibushi A coloured sketch of a beach in Shibushi, Kagoshima.
Shibushi A close up of a coloured sketch of a beach in Shibushi, Kagoshima
Shirakawa Go Sketchbook Flip Through A video flip through of my Shirakawa Go travel sketchbook. Link here
Tokyo Sketchbook Flip Through A flip through of my Tokyo travel sketchbook.
Eat My animation box that I use to show the kids at school how animation works. (Video still, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/leanimate)
Totem My thesis film in college while studying animation. (Video still, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/leanimate)
5 Second Day An animation that I made at work in Vancouver, Canada. (Video still, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/leanimate)
I’m originally from Toronto, Canada. I was placed in Izumi, Kagoshima and have been so inspired by my surroundings for past 3 years. I was a full time animator back in Canada, and during that time rarely drew or made art outside of work. Being in Japan, particularly living in Kagoshima prefecture, has made me fall in love with art again. I’m never short of inspiration whether it comes from the places I’m visiting or the foods I’m eating. Through drawing and painting I’ve been able to document my travels and experiences. It’s been truly exciting to be able to share my love for Japan and Kagoshima with everyone.
Kathleen E. Yarnold Tokyo The Singer The Priest Evelyn Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Forget to Smile Emi no Mise Crossings Horizon Lines The Man Pretty Hurts This is America
Instagram Website Facebook
The Singer 143
Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Forget to Smile 146
Emi no Mise 147
Horizon Lines 149
The Man 150
Pretty Hurts 151
Cold Warmth 152