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