Aomori Prefecture

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弘前城天守・弘前さくらまつり ∣ Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival by Iyhon Chiu

A watercolour illustration for a book called 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」(Famous Architecture Daydream Illustrations) featuring 20 illustrators painting famous, but no longer existing architecture marvels.


I painted a wooden fire station that was located in Aomori prefecture, build in 1920 inspired by Russian architecture, and demolished in 1982. Using old photos and plans as references I tried to depict the building and a fresh, late spring day using bright, saturated colours while staying true to the original building’s shape, details and colours.


20人のイラストレーターの作品をフィーチャーしている「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」のために描いた水彩イラストです。

僕が担当したのはもともと青森県にあった木材建築の「八戸荒町消防屯所」です。ロシア正教の屋根に影響されたデザインの建物でしたが1982年に取り壊されたため、今残っている古い写真や間取りを参考に本物へ近づけるよう想像して描きました。

Technical details:

  • Lines: mitsu-bishi pencils from HB to 8B
  • Colors: Shmincke and Winsor and Newton watercolours

  • Paper:  300g/㎡ Holbein SAUNDERS cold press F4 size

技術的詳細 

  • 線画 ー MITSU-BISHI HB〜8B
  • 鉛筆色 ー SCHMINCKE と WINSOR AND NEWTON

  • 水彩紙 ー 300g/㎡ Holbein  ナチュラル   水彩紙 中性紙   中目


Book details:

Tittle: 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」

Publisher: X-Knowledge エクスナレッジ

Language: Japanese 日本語

ISBN-10: 476782298X ISBN-13: 978-4767822983

Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches

Amazon jp link: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/476782298X

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夜桜の弘前城より岩木山 ∣ Mt Iwaki And Cherry Blossoms From Hirosaki Castle by Iyhon Chiu

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夕暮れの桜・弘前さくらまつり ∣ Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival by Iyhon Chiu

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弘前さくらまつり ∣ Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival by Iyhon Chiu

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追手門・弘前さくらまつり ∣ Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival by Iyhon Chiu

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弘前公園・弘前さくらまつり ∣ Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival by Iyhon Chiu

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弘前城天守・弘前さくらまつり ∣ Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival by Iyhon Chiu

Seven Urban Legends in Japan Part 3

1. Leave mounds of salt in small plates beside the entrances to buildings to repel ghosts


2. Febreeze (the air freshener) cleanses homes of unwanted spirits


3. Otoshidama (the money gifted to children during New Year) should use freshly-printed money or else you are cursing that child to have a short life 


4. Giving an even amount of money at a wedding is bad luck and will result in the couple divorcing


5. Stepping on the cloth borders of tatami mats brings bad luck


6. Doors should not be left open or have a gap as it invites ghosts


7. If there is a knock on your door (especially in Aomori Prefecture), it could be the Amazake-baba. Stories say she is an old witch who lives in the mountains, but will venture to nearby homes in quest for sake. Her appearance is frightening with blood-smeared skin and unkept hair, but the real horror lies in what she will do to you and your family if you don’t give her what she wants. However, she will leave you in peace if you give her sake.

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弘前公園・弘前さくらまつり ∣ Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival by Iyhon Chiu

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弘前公園・弘前さくらまつり ∣ Vending Machine in Hirosaki Park by Iyhon Chiu

Get to know THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE

THE RAMPAGE is a group under LDH and signed to Rhythm Zone. The group consists of 16 members. 13 Performers and 3 Vocal/Performers. Their ages range from 27-19. The members to make it into the group had to compete in VBA, PBA, or Global Japan Challenge. The group members were decided in Sept 2014 and they begun their projects as support performers for other LDH artists and performing on tour. Most notably they were EXILE THE SECOND’s support during their tour and multiple music videos. The group would then debut Jan 25 2017 with the song “Lightning”. Since their debut they have released many singles and are slated for an early 2018 tour.

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