The legacy created by music, fashion and art transcends the univers
– Commemorating the 2020 Tsumugi & Takumi Awards –
Yoichiro Kawaguchi, a world-renowned computer graphics artist and professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, presided over the ASIAGRAPH Tsumugi Award and Takumi Award, which marks its 15th anniversary this year.
"The Tsumugi Award" is given to those who have demonstrated outstanding creativity, while the "Takumi Award" is given to those who have demonstrated outstanding technology in the form of various content.
This year's Tsumugi Award will be given to Junko Koshino, a world-renowned fashion designer who is also active in international cultural exchange, and the Takumi Award will be given to Tomoyasu Hotei, a leading Japanese guitarist, producer, and songwriter.
The legacy of three people active on the world stage is now beyond the world, beyond the universe, and will be transmitted to the future 500 million years from now as envisioned by Yoichiro Kawaguchi.
What will they talk about?!
Please enjoy their free talk created by unexpected combinations.
Artist/Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo
Yoichiro Kawaguchi has been active as pioneer and world-wide authority of computer graphics art utilizing his unique "GROWTH Model" and is still evolving as proven by such newest creations of his as 8K whole-sky planetarium image, large monuments, futurization of Japanese traditional art, construction of robotic objects, etc. He is also the first chairperson of the competition jury committee of Japan Media Arts Festival and the representative artist of Japan at 1995 Venice Biennale. He received "Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art" in 2010 from ACM SIGGRAPH, the Ministry of Education Award in the Art in 2013 from the Japanese Government and also given Medal with Purple Ribbon in the name of the Emperor in 2013. He had great success in holding solo exhibitions at both Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MOCA Taipei) in 2017 and CDA (Centres des Arts numériques) in Enghien-les-Bains in 2018. In the same year, he won a prestigious award in France called Prix D'Honneur at Prix Bains Numériques and was also selected as member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy.
Junko Koshino is the youngest winner of the Soen Award, a renown gateway to success new fashion designers. She had participated in Paris Fashion Week for 22 years starting in 1978 and has since shown all over the world, New York (at the Metropolitan Museum) Beijing, Spain, Russia, Vietnam, Cuba, Poland, Myanmar etc. Her work focuses on international cultural exchange and includes designing for opera “Madame Butterfly”, “Magic Flute” and theater (for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume for “Pacific Overtures”), the costumes for Drum TAO and various sports uniforms. She has also designed fireworks displays and interiors. She supports reconstruction activities from natural disasters. She is VISIT JAPAN Ambassador, a senior advisor of 2025 International Expo, a member of planning committee of Japan Cultural Expo and selected as Cultural Contributor. She received “National Order of the Legion of Honor – Chevalier (Knight)” from the French Government in 2021. She hosts a weekly TBS radio show “Koshino Junko MASACA” (every Sunday at 5 pm). Recent book “Koshino Junko 56no Dai-Jyobu” (Sekai Bunka Publishing).
Guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, performer