GEISAI MUSEUM#2 Photo Report

More than six hundred artists exhibited at the fair. To give you an idea of what could be found, we asked art journalist and former GEISAI fan club booth exhibitor Noriko Miyamura to give us her thoughts.

“A Completely Biased Guide toGEISAI MUSEUM#2” by art writer Noriko Miyamura.

Given that GEISAI had ceased temporarily after GEISAI#10 and was opening doors for the first time in a year and a half, there seemed to be a celebratory atmosphere among the visitors entering the venue. There is truly no other place where one can encounter this much raw, unvarnished talent. And knowing that many of the artists who’ve exhibited at the fair have gone on to further their career, it begins to feel like one is on a treasure hunt.

So with that in mind, it was time to wander the floor and see the booths, which this time were arranged in the style of a museum. I’ll introduce some of my favorites below. Did I find any golden eggs?

I fell immediately in love with Kengo Nojiri’s works, which were a kind of hakoniwa featuring mountain ranges and strange creatures. I looked for so long that I eventually couldn’t help but buy one for myself.


Mayu Daigen’s booth. My companion and I both shouted out loud upon seeing the extent of her Nihonga technique. It was no surprise to us that she eventually ranked second in the jury review.

Here was Hiro Nobeari’s booth. That’s certainly a new way to exhibit!


noriko☆. As this was a museum setting, most of the work was on the conservative side but she still managed to express the positive side of GEISAI’s flea market spirit. Her handmade calendar was also extremely well done!

Fujita F Fujita. His humorous works hit the mark so well, it was hard to believe he was exhibiting for the first time.


A drawing by Tomie Hosoyamada. The images were connected in mysterious ways, inspiring a nostalgia, retro mood.

Cala loves dancing and here, painted her favorite dancers. What made it intereting was that painting was spread over a folding screen.

Gakaya Ekakido/Kaino exhibited his cubistic paintings in a similarly abstract booth, creating a nested structure of images. This time, there was somewhat of a shortage of exhibitors taking on these sort of big challenges and so I had to applaud.


This painting by Touko Okamura was actually created like a collage. Her artistry is rumored to have already won her several fans on the internet.

Makoto Aida’s mentees, NATURAL HI!! With the slogan “GO FOR FUTURE”, they performed live painting and sold goods directly in the booth.

The well mannered girl came from Taiwan and exhibited ‘portable’ art that could be opened and closed in the shape of a compact bag. There were participants seen from around the world.


Yuki Miyata has developed her original characters into objects and goods.

Saki Chikarashi’s “Man Globe” could not be ignored. It was equipped with a sensor that beeped and blinked as people walked by.

Yuko Mori was one of the artists who have exhibited outside of GEISAI, showing works at Tokyo Wonder Site. We spotted many artists who are building their own careers.


Sidney Pink, a foreign resident of Japan, was offering these neatly framed drawings for between three thousand and ten thousand yen. They sold like mad.

Shingo Matsuoka’s mysterious drawings.


Morihiko Sano. The work had a strong visual impact.

The work that made me laugh the most this time around was by Koshi Kawachi. Buddha statues carved out of umaibo!! The sweet smell filled the air around us!

Another laugh maker - Shinpei Sasada’s salmon nirvana painting.

“KAMIROID” by FACTORY 53. In addition to the astonishingly well made paper robot, there were also excellent works in an anime style.


Akira Ikezoe’s highly realized works.

I was deeply interested in EXCALIBUR’s profoundly mysterious works and costume, especially her wooden tableware. She said that she aspires to be an actress and I ‘d love to see her perform.

I was quite overwhelmed by Mayuko Yoshida’s powerful paintings.

Chen, Wei-Tu from Taiwan, featured a wall paper printed with depictions of Masked Rider in slightly sexualized poses. His unique sensibility set him apart from the Japanese artists.


My friends and I all loved these stuffed animals created by Kentaro Matsukuma and Masae Matsukuma.

Bijutsunitohei, who recently had a catalog published by Magazine House, Ltd. This new pillow looks like it could be a hit!


At the Kaikai Kiki booth, Rei Sato exhibited her work, fresh off a successful gallery solo exhibition. The paintings were themed after the plants growing near Kaikai Kiki’s Asaka Studio and each created its own super peaceful world. With each purchase, clients were offered a cactus or killifish.

Next to Rei Sato was Mr., exhibiting an installation themed after his own room! Dressed as anime character Rei Ayanami, he was also spotted enjoying the live performance by Aya Hirano.


After viewing most of the booths, it was time to go shopping. I bought these ironic cleaning rags by Keiko Hayata as a souvenir.

Going around the hall, there was so much to see at every corner and I came away feeling more than satisfied. Compared to past GEISAI, there was no single trend that stuck out but each booth beamed with sophistication and I had the impression that the overall market value of the works on display was on the rise. There were more participants from overseas then ever, which was also a big change. As always, I highly enjoyed this GEISAI cruise and saw my share of budding new talent.

Photo & Text by Noriko Miyamura