Come see the detail and quirk of Erica Ward’s Japanese-inspired illustrations while sipping a latte inside a vintage VW Bus! Erica Ward is a Tokyo-based pen and watercolor artist whose illustrations will be on display at Roppongi’s “Cafe Frangipani” from August 21 until September 10.
Ward, a California native, has resided in Japan for six years and the influence of her surroundings runs wild in her artworks. Her motifs include a range of colorful Japanese imagery from kimono to vending machines, mixed in with skyscrapers and electric guitars. The current selection displayed in “Konomachi-ten” focuses on motifs of ‘Tokyo’.
Cafe Frangipani is easy to find and just a short walk from the Mori Art Museum and Roppongi Hills complex in Roppongi. Part of Frangipani’s charm, sub-named “The VW Bus Cafe,” is the real-life Volkswagen Bus parked inside. A single cozy table inside the bus could be just the place for a summer lunch.
Entrance is free, but the illustrations are displayed in the cafe’s seating area, so please consider purchasing a menu item (starting at 400 yen) to enjoy while viewing the works.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.