Nick West - Writer in Tokyo

Nick West

I'm a writer in Tokyo

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I speak English

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About me

I write about, and I make art. I often write more than I make, but I always find my way back to the studio. I keep a blog about art and Japan called, and I contribute to Tokyo Art Beat on a regular basis. For my current studio project, I am working on a series of drawings to be exhibited later this year.

My Creations

  1. A storm in a teacup

    9 September 2015

    This was the result of a discussion with a designer about English and Japanese cultural stereotypes.

  2. Origami Metro

    10 September 2015

    This is a painting I made that combines the Tokyo Metro map with the folds in origami paper. Not for use on trains.

  3. 2015 in 15 images.

    29 December 2015 Shusaku Arakawa & Madeline Gins / Gabriel Orozco / Tomoko Shioyaso / Pierre Hughe / Kei Imazu / Masaya Hashimoto / Duncan Campbell / Arin Rungjang / Mitsuru Ando / Ushio Shinohara / Masato Nakamura / Tenmyouya Hisashi / Yuko Mohri / Mika Ninagawa / Takashi Murakami

  4. Happy New Year!

    7 January 2016

    Here's a round-up of the coming year's art festivals:

  5. Last year, I met the artist Mina Hamada in Kichijoji. I asked her about a mural she painted with Zosen in Saitama. Here's what she said:

    A review of Masaharu Sato's exhibition “Tokyo Trace” for Tokyo Art Beat. Edited by Emma Ota and Jennifer Pastore.

  7. Donald McDonald

    18 August 2016

    Donald Trump even manages to feature in a sticker bomb posted in Shibuya. Here's that photo and a few more -

  8. 100 Years of Dada

    3 September 2016

    Published last week on Tokyo Art Beat, here's a recap of some of the Dada celebrations that took place in Tokyo this summer. Edited by Emma Ota and Jennifer Pastore.

  9. In Rainbows

    4 October 2016

    A row of prisms inserted in a roof cast indoor spectrums in Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Sunspace for Shibukawa’:

  10. Painting After Pop

    3 November 2016

    A short summary of artist Takashi Murakami's work with images from his 2015 The 500 Arhats’ at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

  11. Pop-up Exhibitions in Tokyo

    5 November 2016

    More an observation than an article about a rise in pop-up exhibitions in Tokyo recently, with a selection of photos.

  12. An interview with Yuka Otani

    16 November 2016

    An interview with Yuka Otani, an artist whose work "Anicca" is formed of figurines of Buddha cast from candy that dissolve over time:

  13. The Locked Room

    24 November 2016

    A look at Chiharu Shiota’s installation at the Kanagawa Arts Theater:

  14. Lunchbox Paintings

    9 December 2016

    An overview of Makoto Aida's works at Mizuma Art Gallery:

  15. Suburbia at Night

    17 December 2016

    An introduction to Tomoyuki Sakaguchi's photo book 'Home' which uses long-exposure photography to illuminate the suburbs: