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POW! WOW! Japan Photo Journal

pow! wow! japan
Words & Photography / Mark Kushimi

Being that I live in Hawai‘i, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a number of POW! WOW! events. The first was in February 2011, in the back of Fresh Café Kaka‘ako, featuring a handful of artist such as Will Barras, Wu Yue, 123 Klan and Aaron Dela Cruz. Since then, POW! WOW! has grown, hosting week-long festivals with lengthy rosters of artists from all over the world painting larger than life murals not only in Hawai‘i, but in Long Beach, Taiwan and now Japan. Each year I’ve been immersing myself more and more in POW! WOW!, attending gallery shows and artist talks trying to take advantage of the opportunities each festival provides for because I’ve come to realize that POW! WOW! is much more than just the art (which is always amazing), it’s also the process and the people.

The following photographs were taken during the last two weeks of October 2015 while I was with the POW! WOW! crew taking part in the first-ever POW! WOW! Japan. It was my first visit to Tokyo and POW! WOW! certainly made it enjoyable. Looking back, I have so many good memories of the event, the city, the food, and the culture. We even got to visit the studio of Japanese sculptor Haroshi. Japan is an amazing place and I can’t wait to go back.

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For more behind the scenes photographs of POW! WOW! Japan CLICK HERE. (200+ photographs & captions)

For images of the finished murals CLICK HERE.

For more about POW! WOW!:
powwowhawaii.com
@powwowworldwide
@powwowjapan