Japan’s scope and variety of animation and art styles is so vast that fans with all kinds of taste can find some kind of genre to enjoy. Some genres have transcended fandom alone and have developed into their own style of art and the characters within this area of Japanese illustration become instant classics. This is so with Ikeda Akiko’s WachiField which is a lush forested world that centers around a cat named Dayan and his animal friends. He likes to wash his face, explore the land with his rabbit friend Macy, and make bread in the shape of mice. The watercolor-esque fashion in which Ikeda Akiko illustrated the WachiField world creates a dream like misty style that is endearing and timeless. The popularity of WachiField has created animated series, picture books, and craft books as well. In Shinjuku, close to the famous area of Kabuki Cho, you can find the WachiField Labyrinth store where you too can immerse yourself in the world inhabited by Dayan the cat that Ikeda Akiko created.
The WachiField Labyrinth in Shinjuku spans two floors of whimsical cuteness. ON the second floor, there is a small cafe where you can order a selection of Dayan themed treats such as cookies, coffee decorated with cat paws, or Dayan curry bread. The incorporation of a small cafe to this Shinjuku store is a refreshing change to other character good stores. On the first floor is where you can spend on WachiField goods to your hearts content and at WachiField Labyrinth there really is a dizzying selection and variety of items. You can buy coin purses in the shape of Dayan’s mouse bread or in the shape of various WachiField character’s faces. You can buy a variety of clothing items such as T-shirts, rain jackets, and house slippers. Along with various wearable items and accessories, you can also decorate your home with several different prints of Ikeda Akiko’s WachiField artwork that features either individual characters or charming group scenes.
If you are looking to bring home a piece of true Japanese illustrative art, you should head over to Shinjuku and stop by the WachiField Labyrinth store. It really is a wonderful place to visit as well as shop.
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