“stereo-tennis”

Graphic designer

The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.

In her design career, “stereo-tennis” has become known for her wide genre coverage of graphics and artworks for DVDs and CDs, boldly using colorful visual techniques that were once popular in the 1980s. According to her, “Vibrant colors and an almost ugly kind of straightforward design typified the attractive power of the 80s. Since our present period is filled with subtler, more sophisticated designs, this type of spirited visual appears very new.” She also says, “There are rules for kawaii. For example, certain colors, like pink, yellow, and purple have to be combined and used in a particular order. If some colors are missing, it will never be kawaii. I have to use my intuition in determining good color coordination.” For stereo-tennis, kawaii means “a genre that cannot be expressed through words like cute, sweet, or pretty. The moment I see it, I should feel instantly invigorated and respond like… ‘Oh, that’s so kawaii.’ It should touch my heart. It doesn’t come from logic.”

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Cute community character promotes local charms.
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I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Chopsticks
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Monja
もんじゃ
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Awamori
泡盛
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Japan
Final Fantasy VI
Japan
VOCALOID
Finland
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing
Japan
Suite PreCure
Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Uchimizu
打ち水
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
WHISKY
ウイスキー
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SOBA
蕎麦
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
YAYOI KUSAMA
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
SADO
茶道
KARATEDO
空手
NOH
JUDO
柔道
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SHOGI
SHOGI