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Tokyo is home to a large number of talented artists, but recently one in particular has been standing out. Japanese people and netizens around the world have become captivated by the versatile art of Ms. Yuko Higuchi, whose surreal works both delight and cause you to slightly question the state of her mind. Her style has been described as “dark kawaii (kawaii=cute), blending the real with the fantastical and seemingly drawing heavy inspiration from Alice in Wonderland (in fact, it looks like Alice and friends even make cameos in some of the pictures!). The pictures of anthropomorphic cats and fairy tale-like girls are especially popular. Even if you’re not usually a fan of art, you should definitely take a minute to look at these pictures – they may be just the thing needed to convert you!

Ms. Higuchi graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo with a specialization in oil painting. She has held private exhibitions of her artwork since 1999. Several major companies have also taken notice of her work, resulting in collaborations with popular fashion brands such as Emily Temple cute and Uniqlo, as well as skin care giant Shiseido and even Holbein, a famous manufacturer of art products. Regarding her collaboration with globally popular Hello Kitty, Ms. Higuchi had the following to say:

“I was so surprised when I was contacted to do the collaboration. I was never crazy for Hello Kitty when I was younger, and I certainly never thought that I’d get into it as an adult!”

The Laforet department store in Harajuku recently housed a “Yuko Higuchi Limited Shop” between February 20 to March 2 of this year. But even if you didn’t get to see her designs in person, you can still follow her art on her official Tumblr account.

Below is a collection of selected works by Ms. Higuchi. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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Source: CatMoji

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Source: Laforet

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Source: Empty Kingdom

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A special postcard set released on March 7

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▼Ms. Higuchi’s Hello Kitty and Uniqlo collaboration t-shirt

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Source: Ameba

▼Shideido’s Majolica Majorca line of products

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Source: 02kama

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Source: Flickr

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Source: Fbcdn

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: WordPress

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Source: Blogspot

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Source: Krycior

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: Tumblr

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Source: Art-Meter

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Source: Art-Meter

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Source: Twimg

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Source: Zozo

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Source: Palm-Jpn

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: Naver Matome
Top Image: Palm-Jpn