We dispatched Tokyo-based Osada to visit artist Takashi Murakami, who was preparing for an exhibition at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (page 188). She was struck by the frenetic pace of his studio, a windowless factory which operates 24/7. ‘Murakami is a very very busy person,’ she recalls. ‘There were so many staff working under tense conditions. But his dog Pom was walking around, and when they saw him, they felt more relaxed.’ Next up for Osada is a study of Sicily’s Roma people.