Illustration, Japan Project, Painting

Meeting Kosuke Ajiro

My trip through Japan has been amazing. I’ve met so many talented, warm-hearted artists! On top of that I got close up my journey with a visit to the very funny & sympathetic Kosuke Ajiro. Life is good..

Kosuke Ajiro is an illustrator & graphic designer based in the Eastern part of Tokyo. I met him there for a visit at his house. Him and his wonderful wife live in a wonderful little apartment, accompanied by two dogs (that look more like teddybears than dogs to be honest. So cute!). I’m a big fan of Kosuke’s work. So gladly, the first thing we did on entering the house was visiting his working space, where he showed me some of his original paintings.

If you look at Kosuke Ajiro’s work, you should always take your time and stare at them for a while. You’ll spot more and more little details that will astonish and entertain you. In his original works I found even more loveliness then I ever noticed before on screen.. Magical landscapes, cute and quirky little people and an animal or two. So great!

Kosuke is currently preparing works for his solo exhibition at Ondo Gallery, which will take place in May. He is creating little series of animations; sets of beautiful paintings that together tell magical stories about far away fantasy worlds. It made me a bit sad that I won’t be in Japan to visit it. But standing in the spot where these works were born, I really shouldn’t complain..

After talking about his work and taking some photos, Kosuke and his wife invited me for a little drink and a traditional Japanese sweet. we chatted about life in Japan, about his upcoming exhibition and about their love for traveling. Both of them have seen quite a some countries and, of course, I did my best to convince them that Holland should be their next destination. During the whole time I was there, they didn’t stop smiling. Neither did I!

Thank you, you wonderful folks!! Make sure to visit Holland so I can invite you for lunch at my place!

For more about Kosuke Ajiro and his works you can check this previous post or visit his website. You can also follow Kosuke on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


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  • Reply Jeannie April 14, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Does he use Acrylic Paint? they are lovely.

  • Reply Kosuke Ajiro | July 30, 2015 at 8:50 pm

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  • Reply John A Rowe July 11, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Exciting and interesting work… I like it!

  • Reply Patricia Philp May 27, 2022 at 4:13 am

    Hello. Yes I love Kosuke’s work too.

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