Game & Anime, Kawaii & Fashion, Tourism

Nacchan, our new tour guide for HYPER JAPAN Festival 2023!

Your Guide to Japan is our theme for HYPER JAPAN Festival 2023, and we would like to introduce your brand new tour guide “Nacchan”!

Check out this the interview with the artist Inko about updating Nacchan and about HYPER JAPAN’s latest theme!

Nacchan always looks like a very joyous and cheerful person. What should we focus on in order to draw a “joyous” character?

If I had to only pick one part, I would say it’s all in the mouth!
I always put a lot of care and attention into drawing Nacchan’s cute smiling mouth. 😄
She expresses her happiness in a directly by showing her teeth when she smiles!
The flick of hair and half closed eyes helps the entire mood too, but her mouth is the most important part!

Where did you get the inspiration for Nacchan’s outfit?

Since I love looking at kawaii Harajuku fashion, and Japanese street fashion magazines, I take a lot of inspirations for Nacchan’s outfits from there.

I also love the style some particular Japanese celebrities such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Moga Mogami, and Naomi Watanabe, and I add some anime costume elements!

Where would you like to guide HJ fans in Japan?

Oh god, there were too many amazing spots in my mind, but…

Since I’m from Kyoto, the best tour I can think of is:
Heian shrine for a traditional atmosphere,
Cafe Soirée for a taste of Showa era,
then finally we would go to the International Manga museum Kyoto!

I’m sure HJ fans will enjoy it!

Inko Ai Takita – Biography

Inko is a UK based Japanese manga artist. Her aesthetic features fun and dark crossovers of modern & traditional Eastern and Western cultures, which comes from her studies at Kyoto Zokei university of Art & Design in Japan, and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in the UK before she kicked off her career as a manga artist. She also joins various art projects, gives talks at museums, and delivers manga workshops. 

Her clients include: Kyoto Newspaper, Transport For London, British Museum, V&A Museum, Sony Entertainment Japan, and Guardian children’s book. 

Recent publications: Magic: the gathering Kamigawa: A Visual Novel (YRS TRULY, 2022)Lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji: The Manga Edition (Tuttle, 2022)Learn Clip Studio Paint 3rd Edition (Packt, 2021),  Manga Yokai Stories (Tuttle,  2020), and Tam O’Shanter (Cranachan publishing, 2019).

Visit her Instagram for more info @inko_dokotei , Twitter @yokkoishoichi and website

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