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Satoshi Hashimoto

Illustrator Satoshi Hashimoto was born in Yokohama, Japan, where he is now based. After studying graphic design and photography, Satoshi taught in a preparatory school for art university for four years, before starting to work as an illustrator in 1995. Satoshi has been heavily influenced and inspired by the line styles of the 1950s and 60s, including old children’s illustrated dictionaries and colour prints of that period, as well as craft objects and travelling. He continues to develop his clear and distinctive drawing style and his work regularly appears in Monocle magazine.

1
What would be your perfect day?
"Spending a slow day relaxing at a hot spring resort!"
2
The last thing you brought which you love?
"A small Honda Motorcycle."
3
What is playing on your music player?
"I’m listening to Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass and Honeysuckle Rose by the 1970s folk band The Central Park Sheiks."
4
What is your favourite room?
"My studio where I work – it is a room in an old, small building near a port. I simply love this room."
5
Favourite city and why?
"It’s hard to choose, but I love domestic Yokohama, where I was born and where I am living now, and my favourite hot springs are in Shimosuwa town in Nagano. Abroad, I love the flea markets in New York, and Prague, where a can of beer is cheaper than a bottle of water!"
6
A recent find?
"Some old Kokeshi dolls in good condition. The traditional kokeshi are simple, wooden dolls made only in the Tohoku district of Japan, and are painted with patterns handed down through generations."
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