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FEATURED PUBLIC ART PROJECT

The Future Starts Now

Mejiro Kindergarten (Wada Minoru Gakuen)
Mejiro Station, Tokyo
3000 Stainless Steel Letters, Punched Aluminum Panels
20 x 30 meters
Completed 2010

THE PROJECT a redesign of the Wada Minoru Gakuen (Mejiro Institute of Education and Child Development), A new learning institution in Mejiro, Tokyo’s prestigious Ivy League academic district. The building is directly in front of the train station (Mejiro, Yamanote Line) and opposite the Royal Gakshuin University where the Emperor’s children attend.

The school is a combination effort of education for teachers and children between the ages of 3-6 years old. The top 5 floors of the building are dedicated as a learning centre for teachers that will implement the new semi radical structure reform of the Japanese education system.
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FEATURED PUBLICATION

Tokyo

by Rikki Kasso
288 pages
color & monochrome
Printed in Japan
ISBN978-4-434-14386-1

Powershovel Books

 

RECENT PHOTO WORKS

Frames of Mind

The Wanpaku

 

The Wanpaku 

Wanpaku Sumo Reportage Series

2006

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As quoted from Vice Magazine “Kids Issue”, 2007….

I just went to the grand Sumo championships in Tokyo. It was heavy.

In the annual Wanpaku Sumo Tournament, which is the youngsters’ division, kids from ages 7 to 12 took part to determine who’s the toughest fat boy in the land. They come from all over Japan, plumped and pumped mentally and physically, to slam their rivals to the dirt.

Just like in the rest of Japan, appearances here are crucial. “I feel that my weak point today was not having trimmed my fingernails a bit nicer,” says the 180-pound, 12-year-old Wanpaku Sumo second place champion. “I’ve been in this since I was five years old and I will be back again next year to leave with the title.”

Until then, it’s bowl after bowl of chanko, the traditional sumo food that consists of everything you have lying around the kitchen chucked into a pot along with some hot water. The sumo kids eat chanko until they can’t breathe, then they nap. “We practice for an hour and a half every day, then we study, eat, and sleep,” says today’s champion. Sleeping after eating is very important for the little sumo body to gain maximum mass and is strictly enforced by their coaches. “For now, it’s chanko and sleep,” the champ says. “When we are older, we must drink beer when we eat. Beer will help with sleep as well.” – Rikki Kasso

http://www.vice.com/

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RECENT PAINTING WORKS

2012 New Works on Paper

Simply Silent, 2012 (Australia), sumi ink on paper, 56.7 x 76.9 cm

Still Summer

2012
sumi ink on watercolor paper
76.3 x 56 cm

 

Allowed To Breathe, 2012 (Australia), sumi ink on paper, 56.7 x 76.9 cm

Allowed to Breathe

2012
sumi ink on watercolor paper
76.3 x 56 cm

 

When It Happens, 2012 (Australia), sumi ink on paper, 121 x 80 cm

God I Dont Know

2012
sumi ink on watercolor paper
176.3 x 66 cm

 

 

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SELECTED VIDEO WORKS

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TOKYO UNDRESSED

Tokyo Undressed

2005-2011

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