Hachiko's nose

Dreaming of Ja­pan as a child, Ilya fi­nally moved there three years ago

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“There is a game – my favourite one – called The World Ends With You. All of its ac­tion takes place in the Shibuya dis­trict of Tokyo, where there’s a statue of the faith­ful dog Hachiko. It was a sym­bol for me and I de­cided that when I moved to Ja­pan the first thing I’d do was touch the nose of Hachiko. I wanted to do it so badly that I found pho­to­graphs of Hachiko on the in­ter­net and painted this pic­ture to be­come closer to my dream. Now I live in Ja­pan and I can touch Hachiko’s nose as much as I want.”

the right ref­ere nce Google Maps was among Ilya’s ref­er­ences for this paint­ing of a spe­cific place in his beloved Tokyo.

Shibuya Girl “This dig­i­tal paint­ing is al­most en­tirely based on photo ref­er­ences I used to make Shibuya and Hachiko look and feel more real – for my­self, I sup­pose.”

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