Dollar vs. Yen by Ayako Ookubo

Blessed with foreign investments, Tokyo is ripe and rich for the picking. "You’d like this bag in a different colour? Sorry, there are none left, they’ve all been bought up by people from Tokyo." I’ve never forgotten the wry smile on the American shop assistant’s face as she said that, and ever since I’ve wanted to depict this sad love scene in which the yen-eyed girls are infatuated with and giving themselves up to the dollar-eyed girls.

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DESIGNER PROFILE

Born in 1980, Ayako Ookubo is a contemporary Japanese artist who uses manga, caricatures, and verse in her works. Her artist career began while she was a student when she won the 2000 Nokia Art Award, and her world of surreal characters and symbols has appeared in a wide variety of media. Currently she is working on character designs for NHK’s educational programs, collaborating with fashion brands and writing also.

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