Art Walk: Osaka and Kobe, Japan

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Discover how the port city of Kobe attracts an international set of artists while Osaka’s artists work in a more regional and traditional Japanese style.

By Emily Okamoto, director of POW! WOW! Japan

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In a culture where street art has traditionally been discouraged, the citizens and artists of Osaka and Kobe are starting to accept its impact on everyday life. The nearby cities are developing two unique scenes that reflect their own characters. The port city of Kobe attracts an international set of artists who bring in a diverse set of perspectives. Osaka’s artists work in a more regional and traditional Japanese style. Emily Okamoto, the director of POW! WOW! Japan — an organization that has been instrumental in the region’s recent shift towards accepting street art — walks us between the two cities and shows us how the street art scene is rapidly developing.

Take your own tour through the city using the attached map, which shows the locations of pieces featured in the video. 

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