17 Oct
13 nov

Japan Media Arts Festival Special Program Featuring YUKI Yoko
日本文化廳媒體藝術祭特備節目 – 幸洋子作品特映

Duration: 00:55:42
全長 00:55:42
YUKI Yoko 幸洋子
Animation Artist 動畫師
1 Nov (Tue 二) – 12 Nov (Sat 六)
Closed on Mondays

Born 1987 in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, and currently living in Tokyo. From a young age, YUKI Yoko loved to draw and play with the video camera, so now she finds joy in making art that moves, or animation. She creates films that draw inspiration from what she feels in her everyday life, using various art mediums and materials.

Her notable works include See ya Mr. Banno, based on a distant and strange memory from her childhood; Zdravstvuite!, which depicts a day spent with an old man she met in Yokohama; A Snowflake into the Night, which is based on the artwork A Fable Told by the Wind by comtemporary artist KONOIKE Tomoko; ShalaBonBon, a music video in collaboration with Bonno Shimizu; and In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-weeny Pocket, her latest work which was inspired by her own picture diary.


她的著作包括《See ya Mr. Banno》- 基於她童年時的一段遙遠又陌生的記憶、《Zdravstvuite!》則描繪了她與一位在橫濱遇到的老人家所共度的一天、根據當代藝術家KONOIKE Tomoko的作品日A Fable Told by Wind所創作的《A Snowflake into the Night》、與Bonno Shimizu合作的音樂錄像《ShalaBonBon》以及靈感來自她自己的繪畫日記 - 最新的作品《In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-weeny Pocket》。


KUTSUNA Kenichi(Animator, Animation Director, University Lecturer)

To experience YUKI Yoko’s work is like encountering an intriguing and charming folk art at the flea market. It is both a work of art and an entrancing gift engraved with the artist’s life experiences, which is highly endearing. Not to mention, it’s easy to pick up and comfortable to hold in your hands. Because it doesn’t look like what you expect a “work of art” to look like, it isn’t imposing and makes you feel like you can pick it up casually. However, doing so will cause it to come tumbling onto your shelf at home.

It may sound like an outlandish analogy, but you would easily be able to understand what I am saying once you experience her work. However, do not misunderstand. This is not simply an act of genius or a product of nature, but a work of art that is designed and created carefully. Despite this, her work is free from any guises of cultural background, upbringing, social position, or logic, so that there is no mental pressure when viewing Yuki’s work. All creators try to achieve this at one point, and most fail. And yet, most of her work is created to feel this way. The simplicity of her work allows for a high degree of creative difficulty. Simply put, Yuki’s work is brilliant!

I believe I have conveyed how exceptional Yuki’s work is, but I will go into more detail about a few specific elements.

Tempting Essay

There are several works that are likely based on the artist’s actual experience. To see reality through Yuki’s eyes is quite enticing. This new world—realistic yet fictional, familiar yet foreign—is right there, and it beckons you to come in. Not many people can turn down its scheming temptation.

Allegories and Contingency

One of the characteristics of a Yuki work is the fable-esque storytelling. The highly abstract and frank story cannot be reduced to a single genre or category and is poised to be taken in from all angles. In addition, she expresses this by using more traditional material in various ways. The most prominent use of this is the allowance for contingency. It is an expression of simple curiosity, like a schoolchild freely mixing together ingredients as a form of experimentation. Combine this with the fable-esque storytelling to further open up this work to the world.

Funny Poetry

If we were to define poetry as wordplay that deviates from the traditional use of that word, Yuki’s work would undoubtedly be considered visual poetry. Her work goes beyond meaning or context and heads straight towards nonsense, but you never grow bored of this. In fact, you laugh at its lack of meaning. Is this not what “funny” really means, in the truest sense of the word? When I told her that I laughed, she responded with “I still laugh at it too.” What a peculiar situation. And yet, I am simply overwhelmed by the fact that it was created as a work of art.

沓名健一 (動畫師、動畫導演、大學講師)










BARIKAN 2010 A Happy New Year
BARIKAN 2010 一個快樂新年

Animated short film 動畫短片

A film that started from attempting to create new movements from cut-outs of the human form instead of drawing multiple human bodies in a row.


© Yoko Yuki

See ya Mr. Banno!

Animated short film動畫短片

One day out of the blue, Mr. Banno, who teaches the class next door, came to school with his head shaved. Students made fun of his bald head so much that Mr. Banno flew away in a hot air balloon. What happened after that, nobody knows.


© 2014 Yoko YUKI & Tokyo University of the Arts


Animated short film 動畫短片
19th Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division Jury Selections

One summer day, I met a strange man who teaches Russian on the beach. He took me to the city, and what was once familiar looked completely fresh from a different point of view. The man should be there at the beach tomorrow too.


© 2015 Yoko YUKI & Tokyo University of the Arts

lost summer vacation

Animated short film 動畫短片

Summer vacations from our childhood were so long and precious. There were hot days as well as cool days. We had a lot of experiences, travelled around, got sunburnt, grew taller. We also had homework. Shouldn't summer vacation be the best time of year for busy grown-ups, too? Let's take it easy. You can come whenever you want. I'd like to dedicate an endless summer vacation to you.


© Yoko Yuki

Ohori park

Animated short film 動畫短片

In April 2016, Thai movie director Apichatpong Weerasethakul was invited to Fukuoka, and film makers who have connections to Fukuoka gathered for a three-day film production workshop with him. This documentary film came about from that workshop, when I talked with animation creator and newlywed Mirai MIZUE about his new married life and his origins while walking around Ohori Park, which is near where he grew up.

2016年4月,泰國電影導演Apichatpong Weerasethakul應邀來到福岡,與福岡有關聯的電影人都集合在那與他一同進行為期三天的電影製作工作坊。這部紀錄片由此而生,那時我和動畫創作者、新婚的Mirai MIZUE在他長大的地方附近的大濠公園散步,聊到他的新婚生活以及其身世。

© Yoko Yuki


Animated short film 動畫短片

Visual artist Yoko YUKI talks to music producer Foodman about her trip to Thailand while soaking in a public bath together. As she retraces her memory in Thailand, she starts to feel dizzy in the bath and her memory slowly turns into music.


© Yoko Yuki

A Snowflake into the Night

Animated short film 動畫短片

One day, the snow sensed it was in danger of melting and became an earthworm instead. The earthworm then longed to go above the surface and changed into a tree. It continues to change itself until one day... when it remembers its past self.


©2018 Graphinica,inc.


Music video 音樂錄影帶
2019 -
23rd Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division Jury Selections

This work was created as a music video for the song "ShalaBonBon" by Bonno Shimizu. Birds, flowers, people, and other living creatures appear one after another, set to a light acoustic sound and the catchy phrase, “shalabonbon.” The noise-processed effect with the vivid and fluorescent coloring was achieved by filming a 2D animation played on a CRT TV.

作品是為Bonno Shimizu的歌曲ShalaBonBon創作的音樂錄影帶;鳥兒、花朵、人們與各種生生不息之靈一個接一個地出現,伴隨著輕快的樂聲與節奏,還有朗朗上口的shalabonbon,而裡面生動的噪音效果和螢光色彩效果是通過拍攝在CRT電影上播放的二維動畫產生的。

© Yoko Yuki

In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-weeny Pocket

Animated short film 動畫短片

When it shrinks, it expands. It floats and it sinks. It separates, but connects. When I think I’m watching them, they're actually watching me. A charming animation poem that weaves together the countless days of observing, recording, and experimenting.


2022 ©︎ YUKI YOKO / Au Praxinoscope