Imagine strolling through the bustling streets of Tokyo, a city that’s as rich in history as it is in innovation. Picture the fluttering sakura petals in a serene park, the rituals of a traditional tea ceremony, and the gastronomic delight that is a plate of fresh sushi. This is the spellbinding world captured by Tokyoiter, a project that pays homage to the sprawling urban landscape and its idyllic vignettes, reminiscent of the storied covers of The New Yorker.
In the creative hands of French art director David Robert and British illustrator Andrew Joyce, this endeavor took flight in 2016, stirring the hearts of art aficionados and Tokyo lovers alike. The dynamic duo has been knitting a narrative tapestry that maps Tokyo’s colorful districts and spells out the city’s eccentricities through the medium of imaginary magazine covers — a canvas for their visual love letters to the city that never sleeps, Japan’s very own Big Apple.
Evoking the gentle whispers of Tokyo’s spirit in their latest masterpiece is the enchanting Thai pair known as the Sundae Kids. They infuse the cover with a pastiche of elements that are intrinsically Tokyo — the mesmerizing flurry of sakura blossoms in springtime, the zen-like tranquility of green tea steeping, and delectable sushi that’s as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
The Sundae Kids, hailing from the charming chaos of Bangkok, weave storytelling with artistry, their simple lines and pastel palette birthing comic strips that capture the heart’s musings. Their narratives waltz through the scenic joys and mundane woes of life, inviting readers into a dreamscape where each frame is a window into the soul.
Witness how they bring Tokyo to life: pedestrians wandering in harmonious green oases amidst the concrete jungle, juxtaposed with the dynamic pulse of commuters in the city’s iconic transit hubs. The intricate dance of urban and pastoral, stillness and motion, is brought to life through Sundae Kids’ poignant and whimsical strokes.
Their repertoire, an eclectic mix spanning illustrations, comics, graphic novels, and animations, is a testament to their versatility. Each work is a vignette, a moment frozen in the amber of the Sundae Kids’ creative vision, translating the ephemeral into the eternal.
Join us on this visual sojourn with Tokyoiter, as we explore the corners of Tokyo that pulse with stories waiting to be told, and celebrate the city’s everlasting charm through illustrations that speak, that breathe — illustrations that carry the heartbeat of Tokyo within them.