New York energy and Japanese culture inspire local artist


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With the Olympics underway in Japan, PIX11 and our sister stations Nexstar took a peek at Japanese culture, things to do in the country, as well as Japanese-American artists, companies and more. .

Many Japanese artists living in New York City carry the voices of their ancestors in their works, from technique to expression, combined with their own passion and energy to create unique paintings.

Yukako is a Japanese artist who uses the energy of New York as a source of inspiration in her original abstract figurative drawings.

She said what makes her art special is that everything has a deep connection to Japanese culture.

Yukako paints on handmade mulberry paper bought in Japan and uses Sumi ink, which was once used by emperors and never fades.

She is one of several dozen members of the Japanese Artist Association of New York, a non-profit organization approaching its 50th anniversary.

Association president Tokoha Matsuda said members have a sense of community while living in New York City and honoring their Japanese culture.

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