Japan Trip!

Posted on Friday 9 November 2007

I took my first vacation(already!!) since I started at Pixar to see my family.
As you saw in my Japan 2006 trip section, my father had been ill. It was the main objective of my trip to see how he was doing. To my pleasant surprise, my father looked fantastic. That took a huge weight off my shoulder.

I also went for a painting trip with my photographer buddy Arito Suzuki to Shinshu. There I saw the distinct fall colors of Japan. Shinshu is famous for Onsen(hot springs) and its food! Art, food and Onsen! You canโ€™t go wrong with those!
Check out Arito’s photos. He is a talented photographer and I was fortunate to be able to travel with him.

Anyhow, there are so many stories to tell that I can’t possibly write in this post alone. I went to visit Studio Ghibli. There I met Hayao Miyazaki and the producer Yasuo Suzuki. Incredibly charismatic individuals. I also visited Production IG where I met Mamoru Oshii and his crew making Sky Crawlers. Wow… a lot more happened! What a trip!! <---- sorry.. i'm being too lazy to write all that.. Anyhow, here are the sketches!


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20 Comments for 'Japan Trip!'

    November 12, 2007 | 9:28 pm

    I never thought I’d see ‘Denny’s’ and Fugi together in one pic. Crazy. Anywho nice stuff as ushual Daisuke. Hey dude, I’ll be in town next week…hit me up. I love the one above with the slurping of the noodles…nice.

    November 12, 2007 | 10:22 pm

    Wow! I love those amazing abstract color patches! You really paint the idea of things as supposed to the actual thing itself. Were you using gouache for these? And it looks like you taped the edges before painting too. What kind of sketch books are these?

    November 13, 2007 | 12:36 am

    Beautiful little paintings Dice! I’ve heard that fall in Japan is magical.

    November 13, 2007 | 5:31 am

    Daisuke-san ! ^^
    So glad to see an update, this one is magic ! Thank you for sharing all these beauties with us, makes me want to visit Japan. Glad to hear about your dad too.

    November 13, 2007 | 12:33 pm

    Great paintings, great photos on your friend’s site. Plenty of inspiration. Glad to hear about your father condition. Hope all is well for you. aurent aka ‘beet’

    November 13, 2007 | 2:13 pm

    Those are excellent sketches. I love the quick gouache stuff. This seemed to be a really lucrative trip!

    November 13, 2007 | 2:51 pm

    Fantastic sketches !! I love the pen work. No hassles bringing paint on the plane?! I recently heard you were caught surfing down in my neck of the woods!

    November 13, 2007 | 4:41 pm

    cool sketches~~^^

    shelly w
    November 13, 2007 | 5:51 pm

    Miyazaki and Oshii….?! O_____O Wow. Is there a one line wisdom that they shared with you…? ๐Ÿ˜› j/k
    The early morning paintings are great!! i love the colors.

    November 13, 2007 | 8:46 pm

    Really love those early bird sketches! great color.

    it was great meeting you at Comicon, hope all is well.

    cK - charles
    November 13, 2007 | 9:47 pm

    Wow, these plien air pieces are wonderful. What I like the most is how these pieces contrast nicely from the autumn pieces from New York. The NY pieces showed a nice pallete of colors. These Japan pieces are much looser and abstract where I like the play on color, light and shadows. I also see growth in these pen and ink pieces. In your New York jazz, they are nice drawing of people in a club. In the Japan pieces, it is very lyrical like a nice song telling a story. I do not get a feel of Japan but get a feeling of a dream that could be anywhere. It is difficult explaining by blog. I just LOVE this stuff.


    November 14, 2007 | 12:03 am

    Man Dice…. all i gotta say is dang sucka! absolutely gorgeous stuff man! Ron and I were drooling over paintings! I really wish I could have learned from the master! Glad you had a blast!

    November 14, 2007 | 12:37 am

    Sugoi desu ne!!!

    November 14, 2007 | 2:29 pm

    Those are great Dice! Looks like you had and awesome time in Japan.

    November 14, 2007 | 7:32 pm

    nice stuff man!!…some of these sketches are hilarious. glad you had a good trip.

    Elisa Takagi
    November 20, 2007 | 11:53 am

    Dice san! Ohisashiburidesu.
    Your paintings and drawings are so beautiful! I love how you can feel the simplicity and yet complex Japanese culture in your art works ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am glad to hear that your father is doing better.
    Please take care.

    November 24, 2007 | 2:02 pm

    wow that bottom drawing blew me away. the lines are so awesome.

    November 24, 2007 | 6:42 pm

    Absolutely. We will have som good dim sum in your home town!

    Thanks a lot. Yeah these are actually with watercolor with white gouache. It allows me to paint more like in oil. Transparent darks with opaque lights. I use this cheap brown paper sketch book. It is not a thick paper so it buckles a bit but it is handy. I like it a lot.

    thanks a lot. you should come paint with us one of those days.


    thanks alot! Hope you are well! And I sure hope i can come visit Paris soon again!

    thanks a lot man! Yes, it was a great trip!

    Yeah, I tried surfing for the first time…I never thought I’d like it but I loved it. I am afraid I’ll be hooked.. Do you surf too?

    Hey, thanks a lot! Oh, where do I get the Japanese dramas?? I’ll email you!

    no wisdom spoken but their aura was the wisdom to me!!
    hope you are well drawing a bunch of Atom pictures..

    yes, Ben. thanks a lot. Hope to see you next year too!

    thanksa lot. I know exactly what you mean. I trust your eye.
    Maybe I’ll see you at the marverix auction next weekend

    hey man thanks.
    man, your sketches are awesome. I’m really happy Blue Sky got you but at the same time I am bummed that I didn’t get to work with you man!

    I have to email you about the other email you sent me.. coming!

    thanks man
    I can’t wait to see your comic when its done!

    thanks a lot! How are you doing these days? I’ll call you soon

    hey arigato-.
    how is school? email me again sometime

    THanks a lot Ben. Wow, I saw your webpage…your stuff is awwwwwesome… Really incredible..

    November 29, 2007 | 10:48 am

    Dice!!! You’ re master! I just want to go in Japan, take my pen and doing sketches!
    it’ s wonderful! hope you like your new position at Pixar!
    take care! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 22, 2008 | 2:18 pm

    Hey Dice,

    Love your sketches and the trip must have been very reviving on many counts, your family and a nice change of scenery. I do have a question as to the medium and working methods you use on your travels. I just came back from a vacation as well that was similar in desitination, and had wished I had some other equipment besides watercolor . . . which the water froze. DOH! Anyhow, are these sketches acrylic or guache or something else? All my best and I am glad your family is doing well,


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