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Catching Cats In Tokyo – Cat Artist Yukio Takahashi

I first came across Yukio Takahashi and his work whilst researching a trip to Tokyo. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting artists and gallery spaces – I struck gold on both accounts this time. As luck would have it our trip coincided with Mr.Takahashi’s exhibition in the ultra cool Tokyo neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa. No brainer… we set out to make contact and organise a possible ‘sit-down’ with the man himself  to learn more about him and his work.

A Time And Place With Yukio Takahashi

Sounds easy right? Our Japanese is non-existent and with the very little we knew of Takahashi and his work we pushed on through social media and eventually made first contact. With some very welcome assistance from Yukinori Motoya at Gallery Hana Shimokitazawa we managed to set a date and time to rendezvous in Tokyo at the Gallery Hana.
In just over 48 hours and beyond a bumpy flight, a deceptively long airport transfer and a chance encounter with a pair of extremely ambitious and persistent Jehovah’s Witnesses we finally stumbled into Gallery Hana to meet Yukio, his wife Maggie and Yukinori. Lovely people and awesome work by a superbly talented artist.
Now it’s time to go back and watch the video…. off you go.

*Whilst we are in Tokyo, if art is your thang you’ll want to have peak at Tokyo – A Japanese Art Tour In 2 Days and The Coolest Art Store In The Whole Wide World – Pigment Tokyo . If you’re in Australia or even thinking about it you’d be mad to miss MONA Museum Tasmania – The World’s Best Art Museum Experience.

*You can view some of Yukio’s work here at his blog.

*Perhaps you fancy having a look at Yukinori’s latest show at Gallery Hana Shimokitazawa, click this Google Pin Drop or see the map below to find him.

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Map of Gallery Hana Shimokitazawa – Tokyo

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