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In Focus with Ran Tondabayashi

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In focus with artist and art director

Ran Tondabayashi


Q: Morning, noon or night?
Night. I try to finish my work in the evening and go out at night. Especially when the sun is setting, I can feel that many things are about to happen.

Q: What does creativity mean to you?
Stimulation. Like a lot of adrenaline pumping through my head. It is better if you can’t explain. It works very well.

Q:What motivates you?
A desire to experience various things. A feeling I want to enjoy every day as much as possible.

Q: Your favourite objects?
Female body parts & lips, high heels, lipstick, fruit, flowers and jewelry

Q: What are you kind of snobby about?
I always want to create something which no one has ever seen yet, and I always try to come close to that.

Q: Where is your happy place?
Shibuya has been my happy place since I was 16 years old. It is the place where I hang out most often, and I enjoy just walking around and seeing all kinds of people, so I never get tired of being there everyday.
The other place is my house. I have a Chinchilla, and just having her around heals me from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to the time we spend playing together in our room every day.

Q: Something that you are looking forward to next year?
I haven’t been able to go abroad in the last few years, so I want to go abroad a lot! Also, I do different work every month depending on the offers, so I can’t imagine what I’ll be doing next year. I am also looking forward to seeing what kind of people I will meet as my new friends.

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Q: Where would you take us to in Tokyo?
I would like you to visit various snack bars when you come to Tokyo. It is fun to go to a snack bar because the mood of each bar is different depending on the main hosts (we call them “Master” or “Mama”), and the customers of the day.
I also recommend taking a Yakatabune (houseboat) from spring to fall. During the cherry blossom season, it is a great way to view the cherry blossoms from the boat.