The sprawl of Tokyo, spread out far below, begins to look like the brocade of a finely woven kimono. Landmarks and sites of Tokyo are cleverly tucked away in this detailed drawing. A beautiful memory for anyone who has spent time exploring Tokyo, and a great piece for those who want to bring a bit of the City to their room where ever they are.
Print on 180lb matte card paper
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Erica Ward is a freelance watercolor illustrator from Santa Cruz, California currently residing in Tokyo, Japan.
During her first visit to Japan at age fourteen, Erica was moved by the coexistence of history and modernity she saw in Japan and the experience greatly influenced her work and her life. In 2009 she graduated from the department of Japanese Language and Literature at University of Massachusetts Amherst and returned to Japan, the font of her inspiration.
In Erica’s mind, electric guitars and shamisen resound together, Kabuki and vending machines play a role on the same stage, and telephone wires and bullet train tracks weave a single tapestry. Her pen and watercolor illustrations display in color and detail a strange “Japan seen from the inside by outsider’s eyes.”