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Intellectual landscape

Intellectual landscape

Formal Intellectual landscapes are the series created on Zoia’s endless travels, depicting the beauty of the world.
People are so busy with everyday life problems that rarely seeing beautiful landscapes around them. As well as todays landscapes are very often quite polluted by constructions or advertisements. It is sometimes rather difficult to find a natural beauty of it. Cutting details, refining the essence of the landscape, Zoia is giving for her audience space for their own inner eye to see and imagine. Today she uses painterly gestures to depict the lush landscapes. Heavily influenced by Japanese masters like Yuki Ogura, Hokusai’s landscape and Cezanne’s colour pallet, Skoropadenko embraces the Japanese art philosophy of clear vision, clean lines and bold shapes. 【Created in 2020】

Zoia Skoropadenko / Artist
Zoia Skoropadenko is Ukrainian contemporary mixed-media artist and sculptor. She is the creator and owner of micro-gallery La Vitrine - an alternative contemporary art space for emerging artistic talent. In 2011 Skoropadenko curated an exhibition of Ukrainian Impressionists in European Parliament in Strasbourg.
One of her biggest solo controversial exhibitions of TORSO was held in Council of Europe under Ukrainian flag.
In November 2016 Zoia inaugurated her sculpture ‘The Hope” in Soma city in Fukushima Prefecture. In April 2019 second “The Hope” sculpture was opened in front of National Museum of Chornobyl in Kyiv. In 2019 Skoropadenko was invited with her artwork as a honorary artist from Ukraine by World Art Project of Tokyo Art Fair.
Supported by: Embassy of Ukraine
Country name: Ukraine
Official language: Ukrainian
Ukraine is a European country with a history dating back to ancient times, and a unique culture. Born as the Kievan Rus' in the 9th century, it regained its independence in 1991, after the era of the Cossacks and a period as the Ukrainian People's Republic. The nation is proud of its rich nature, natural resources, technology, culture, and delicious food. Its capital is Kyiv.
Koi no Kocha - Koi of the Lake

Koi no Kocha - Koi of the Lake

This project got its inspiration from the colorful lands of the Pujilí canton of the Cotopaxi Province. This place displays a wide array of artistic traditions and products such as dances, painting, and pottery. In this case, the focus was on the Tigua community style of painting. This style’s main characteristics are the gradients made by overlapping solid colors, and the brightness of the hues used. The location of inspiration was chosen due to the fact that the designer’s maternal grandfather comes from this canton, he vividly told stories of the magic of Pujilí. This project pays homage to the memories told by him throughout the designer’s childhood. 【Created in 2020】

Nichole Fiorentino / Graphic designer
Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. Graduated from Universidad San Francisco de Quito as a graphic designer. She specializes in branding, illustration and currently studies Fashion Sciences at Bunka Gakuen University with the Monbukagakusho scholarship. Her work profile ranges from advertising to tattooing, broadening her design limits as far as her imagination goes. Her current research focuses on Japanese kimono, as she is a collector of mainly Taishō era wafuku. She also ventures into the dyeing crafts of Japan and at the moment is training in traditional Tōkyō Yūzen dyeing.
Supported by: Embassy of Ecuador
Country name: Republic of Ecuador
Official language: Spanish
Ecuador is located in South America, and its name comes from the equator, which runs through its center. Its territory is divided into four areas: the coastal area, the Andes, the Amazon rainforest, and the Galápagos Islands. The nation's flora and fauna are accordingly diverse and unique, and are the objects of research and praise. Ecuador is considered to be a top-class travel destination for many people around the globe.
Umay Koinobori

Umay Koinobori

Ancient Kyrgyz believed that Umay’s ornament protects children and mothers from any evil. It is believed that when Umay leaves a child for a long time, the child gets ill and shamans are involved to call Umay back. The smiling of a sleeping baby shows Umay is near it and crying means that Umay has left. At the same time Umay helps people to obtain more food and goods and gives them luck. 【Created in 2020】

Maria Fedotova / Graphic designer
I was born in the Kyrgyz Republic. Since childhood I was interested in various types of art. Now I work as a graphic designer and learn character animation.
Supported by: Embassy of Kyrgyzstan
Country: Kyrgyz Republic
Official language: Kyrgyz
Kyrgyz Republic is a country in Central Asia. Kyrgyz Republic is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.
Nicaragua unique and beautiful

Nicaragua unique and beautiful

To make people happy by putting a smiling on their face when they see the beautiful colors and unique designs of Nicaragua. 【Created in 2020】

Rodrigo Coronel Kinloch /Amateur art designer
He enjoys producing Graphic design works, making sculptures and painting as hobby.
Supported by: Embassy of Nicaragua
Country name: Republic of Nicaragua
Official language: Spanish
The land of Volcanos and Lakes. Nicaragua is blessed with natural wonders and friendly and happy people.


This work uses basic shapes as geometric patterns, and various overlapping elements form the whole piece. These elements are things that everyone sees, but nobody knows what to do with. Using things like that is important to me. 【Created in 2020】

Grenal Mecha MEMBACHE / Plastic artist, Mural artist
27-year-old Grenal Mecha is from the Emberá-Wounaan (an indigenous people) in Panama. He enrolled in the School of Plastic and Visual Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Panama in 2012. His works focus on the global environment and its preservation, and have an abstract style that combines geometric patterns and Surrealism.
Supported by: Embassy of Panama
Country name: Republic of Panama
Official language: Spanish
The Republic of Panama is a country on the isthmus that links North and South America. A little smaller than Hokkaido in size, it has population of about 4 million. The majority of the people are Christian, and the official language is Spanish. It has a tropical climate with a dry season and a wet season. Its major industries are tertiary industries such as real estate, finance, and the toll revenues from the Panama Canal, which connects the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Hungary’s Message from the Fairy-tales about Friendship

Hungary’s Message from the Fairy-tales about Friendship

In memory of the beloved Hungarian children’s story writer István Csukás - this artwork was made linking his friendly characters to "Easter egg-fish scales". The design also features the colors of the national flag and traditional patterns of his homeland, Hungary.
Note: This work includes character designs by the following artists: Ferenc Cakó, Mária Krakovszky, Sándor Lévai, Gyula Pölöskei, Ferenc Sajdik and László Szabó 【Created in 2020】

Sándor CZÉH / Graphic designer
Sándor was born in 1981. Originally from Hungary, he has lived in Japan since 2012. He discovered the joy of drawing in early childhood, and aimed to create professional artworks. He especially likes creating comical illustrations that kids can also enjoy.
Supported by: Embassy of Hungary
Country name: Hungary
Official language: Hungarian
Hungary is a country in Central Europe, with neighbours such as Austria. You all use things born in Hungary in your daily lives—things like Rubik's Cubes, ballpoint pens, and safety matches. Hungary's climate is similar to Hokkaido's, and the country is home to eight World Heritage Sites. Many of you have probably seen a picture of Budapest, the pearl of the Danube.
A French Cape

A French Cape

France is a country surrounded my seas but also has a wide diversity of islands. I wanted to take all of that heritage and create a design that would elevate this background. The patterns used in the Koinobori would represent France itself but also elements that are close to the sea and water. I do believe that Koinobori was a perfect canvas for that. 【Created in 2020】

Philippe Huynh / Marketing manager
Hi, my name is Philippe and I am from France. I am currently working at Atout France promoting France destination to the Japanese audience. I have been living in Japan for more than 4 years now. Back in France, I used to study graphic design in university.
Supported by: ATOUT FRANCE
Country name: French Republic
Official language: French
France boasts medieval towns, Alpine villages, and Mediterranean beaches. Its capital Paris is famous for top fashion brands, museums with classical art, and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. The country's wines, refined cuisine, and rich history and culture are also well known.
Carpa Brasileira

Carpa Brasileira

The Koinobori design was projected to value some of the greatness of Brazil. 【Created in 2020】

Ivan Inagaki / Graphic designer, Illustrator
Instagram: @inagakiivan
Supported by: Embassy of Brazil
Country name: Federative Republic of Brazil
Official language: Portuguese
Brazil, a South American country, is characterized by its great biodiversity, represented mainly by the Atlantic Forest, with its huge variety of animal and plant species, and the Amazon rainforest, the largest tropical forest in the world. Another natural wealth is the giant waterfalls of the Iguaçu Falls, located to the south. Rio de Janeiro, a city by the sea, is famous for its beautiful beaches and even for the elevated statue of Christ the Redeemer, at the top of Corcovado. With its vibrant, multi-ethnic society, Brazil’s riches go far beyond the stereotypes of soccer, Carnival and Bossa Nova.
The “Pititas” revolution in Bolivia.

Friendship between Japan and Bolivia

The relationship of exchange and friendship strengthens and improves every year between Bolivia and Japan. My wish is to express that with everyone's effort, we have a better coexistence and by building a multicultural society. 【Created in 2021】

Hugo Alberto Justiniano / Graphic designer
Actually, Freelance Graphic Designer, Photographer and images editor. Studies as a technical professional in Bolivia as a Graphic Designer and continuing studies in technical institutes of photography and image editing in Japan. He has more than 15 years of experience in design. Has worked in companies in both Bolivia and Japan and his main passion are the advertising projects and the publicity images.
Supported by: Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia
Country name: Bolivia
Official language: Spanish
Bolivia has a wealth of traditions, clothing, dancing and customs, which have been preserved from the colony to the present day. It is a country where contrasts amaze any visitor, since it has unimaginable attractions from the impressive Uyuni salt flat, the Green and Red lagoons, through the exotic biodiversity of Madidi or the Pantanal, among many other parks, ending in the unique and paradisiacal landscapes of the Amazon. The ideal place for those who love nature, culture and adventure, who seek to enrich themselves through contact with an authentic culture.
Lithuanian Folklore

Lithuanian Folklore

The Lithuanian koinobori's design incorporates characters from Lithuanian folklore and fairy tales. It carries the hope that Japanese children will believe in their own imagination and grow up with ingenuity. 【Created in 2020】

Austė Kabašinskienė / Toy designer, Obstetrician-gynecologist
Austė is the founder and creator of YPIAI, a brand of handmade toys with motifs featuring characters from Lithuanian folklore. She creates high-quality toys that are extremely mobile, with every detail carefully fashioned by hand using natural materials.
Supported by: Embassy of Lithuania
Country name: Lithuania
Official language: Lithuanian
Lithuania is a country facing the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe. The country boasts rich nature, with vast forests and thousands of lakes. One of the largest old towns in Europe, the World Heritage Site Vilnius Historic Centre bewitches all who visit. Lithuanian people are thoughtful and intellectual. While they develop state-of-the-art technologies, they also love nature, cherish traditions, and enjoy slow living.
World of Women

World of Women

As a Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and English speaker, Nancy Nameh has always been interested in exploring various cultures and their traditions through art. Since moving to Japan, she has also been studying Japanese culture and language (hiragana, katakana). In this design, she brings her cross-cultural considerations to portray a Lebanese and Japanese Woman. Through their different cultures, she explores the significance and role of women and motherhood, stemming from the idea that motherhood is central around the world regardless of culture, and is furthermore symbolic of the nurture, growth, and happiness of children. Particularly notable in these designs are the clothing and colors that are symbolic in themselves, and simultaneously express uniqueness and unity. 【Created in 2020】

Nancy Nameh / Designer
Nancy Nameh was born in Iran to a Lebanese father and Iranian mother. Her passion for design began at an early age, growing up in a family with a long history of artists, from painters, architects, to poets. This background encouraged her to pursue design and immerse herself in multitudes of visual artistic expression. Having experience as a painter and fashion designer, she is particularly interested in the contrast and convergence of the traditional with the modern.
Supported by: Embassy of Lebanon
Country name: Lebanese Republic
Official language: Arabic
Lebanon is located in the Middle East on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Syria and Occupied Palestine. Its location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland has made the country a geopolitically important location throughout history. The culturally and historically rich country of Lebanon is known as the land of Phoenicia. The civilization created the first alphabet in Byblos city 4500 years ago, discovered the north pole star, and built various cities on the Mediterranean basin. Today, as a historic melting pot for multiple civilizations with a cosmopolitan lifestyle and variety of touristic attractions across breathtaking natural landscapes, Lebanon is a multilingual, Arabic-English-French haven of culture and diversity.
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