Urban sketch “Gion festival in kyoto” / アーバンスケッチ「祇園祭り」



Last week I went the Kyoto for Gion Festival. Fortunately it was not typhoon day. :)
This time I sketched Naginata halberds.

Gaudi and Inoue takehiko exhibition / ガウディ×井上雄彦展


I saw the exhibition of Gaudi and Inoue yesterday. Inoue is a famous cartoonist in Japan and he was an auther of SLAM DUNK.
It is a popular comic in Asia.

You may know about Gaudi.


This exhibition expresses Gaudi’s creativity through Inoue’s cartoon. It is an interesting attempt in exhibition.

Cartoon is popular in Japan. But most people recognize the cartoon is just an entertainment.

Inoue has been showed us a cartoon has possible to become an Art.

In my opinion, the cartoone has potent tool of communication.
Thus designer will be able to learn how we tell things to people’s heart from cartoon.


By the way, I visited Barcelona 2 times when I was 20 and 22 years old.

I enjoyed Gudi’s architecture. And I understood that what things influenced to gaudi when I visited the Montserrat.


I hope I will have opportunity to go back to Barcelona again.I’ve been studying Spanish.Thus I could enjoy more than before. :)


Katsuji book marker / Good Design Collection



Today I want to present a book marker. I need to explain about Japanese character before I present it .

Japanese character is uncommon compared with the character of other languages. Most languages use one character for one language. But a Japanese character uses three characters such as “Hiragana” “Kanji” “Katakana”.

Usually “Hiragana” uses for coupling end of adjectives and verbs. And particles. or we use hiragana instead of difficult Kanji.

“Kanji” uses for noun , adjective and verb, and Japanese name.

“Katakana” uses for foreign word , name and onomatopoeia.

And it is able to express same sounds in different character. In my name’s case, “もりひろ” “守宏” “モリヒロ” . it means my name “Morihiro”.

I know it is too long explanation.
But it is necessary for understanding this product. Because “Hiragana” is not famous than “Kanji” in other country.


Let’s go back to a story about book marker.

This book maker is designed by good product designer that Design office A4.

This book maker use the “hiragana”. it looks like a Character which came out from novel .

It is simple idea and design. it has not decoration. But this product will remain in the mind. That’s why this product has a charm.

I got the book marker “も”. Because of it is one of my name. :)

you can see his other works here.

Japanese sake of asahiyama zoo / Good Design Collection



One of the famous zoo in japan is Asahiyama zoo in Hokkaido.
Every year more than 1.5 million people has been visited this zoo.

I had a vacation last year, and I went to Hokkaido. Fortunately I had opportunity to visit there.


I don’t remember, it was when I visited a zoo last time is.
So I enjoyed a lot to spent a time with animals.


After that , I went to a souvenir shop, and I found a Japanese sake (it is Japanese traditional alcohol). A label is printed a children who enjoy a zoo. it looks like for a child. but I liked it. Because of it’s unusual of label for sake.


You can see a boys smile when you turn the bottle. they enjoy watching to animals.
I didn’t notice when I bought it. It was good suprise.

If you have opportunity to go Hokkaido. I recommend to go to Asahiyama zoo. It could be fun.

Isson Tanaka / Japanese inspiration art


I have been impressed with Japanese Art. Especially I like old Japanese painter such as “Hokusai” and “Zyakuchu”. Not a little I seem to have received their influence .

About 2 years ago , I visited Amami island. There was a beautiful sea and great nature I’ve ever seen.

I had opportunity to visit museum of Isson Tanaka there. I had never heard his name before I visited there. He was a Japanese painter socalled “Nihonga”. He had great skill of painting.

you can see his works here.

He moved to Amami island when he was 50 years old. And he painted a nature and birds there. These painting were great. But unfortunately he was not succeed during his life.

After he died, TV show introduced his painting. Then people got know how much he was great painter.

If you have opportunity to visit Amami island , I recommend to go to this museum of Isson Tanaka.




阿部守宏/グラフィック&ウェブデザイナー。関西のデザイン事務所数社でデザイナーとして経験をつみ、2011年4月に独立。その後、企業、製品のブランディングから、カタログ、ウェブサイトなどを中心に製作しています。主にデザインとして目に見える形となる前のコンセプト作りを大事にしています。 ご依頼、ご質問などございましたらお気軽にこちらからお問い合わせください。

My name is Morihiro Abe and I'm a freelance graphic/web designer. I have been doing design for 10 years. I like figuring out how things work correctly with a design. And it is good opportunity to know a person and a community. By the way I could help you if you have proposal something for Japanese.
Please ask me anything!

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