W+K Tokyo

Nike running is back


We awakened this morning in Tokyo to news reports that Nike is returning the US running business to W+K Portland after a 13-month stint with Crispin Porter. Nice way to start a sunny Friday! Read more here.

Mark Jenkins

mark-copy.jpgWashington DC-based artist Mark Jenkins and his buddy Thomas Pipkin stopped by the Tokyo office yesterday. Mark, who is most widely known for his street installations, will have his first exhibition in Japan at Diesel Denim Gallery in Aoyama this Saturday, May 24th. Stop by to check out his latest work “Glazed Paradise”

Photo: Mark, Freelance Art buyer Kimi, W+K Art buyer Akio, and Thomas
Note: Mark requested the incognito photo given the guerilla nature of his work.

Welcome Keiko


Keiko Kosaka joins us today as our Controller. She’ll be responsible for all things “back office” … Finance, HR, Admin + IT. She joins us from CNET and has worked previously at Gap, Mindshare and LVMH. In her free hours, when Keiko’s not bringing control to W+K’s “organized chaos”, you will find enjoying her new hobby: piano lessons.

"Art with Sound" International Design Festival

Shingo, a digital art director in the Tokyo office, is participating in an upcoming exhibition in Berlin called “Art with Sound”. The event is a collaboration between designers and musicians from Japan and Singapore. Shingo’s music will be featured as part of the exhibition – check out his song , and get more details about the event below.

Dual City Sessions 2008:
Art with Sound™

“DMY 2008 – International Design Festival Berlin”
21-25th May 2008
Berlin, Germany


art with sound


Art with Sound, is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between designers and musicians from Japan and Singapore. The exhibition brings together the complexities of the two disciplines, both innate and compelling to each other.

The result will be an installation and 10 LP-sized albums, each with the designer’s artwork and musician’s piece.

This project revisits the collaboration of Shun Kawakami (artless), Felix Ng (silnt), after the highly regarded Dual City Sessions: Null in 2007. The installation will be designed by Shuzo Okabe (upsetters).

Designers are to create a monochromatic artwork of A1 sized (594 x 841mm] and custom that artwork for LP size [315x315mm]. The musicians are to create a piece of any length.
The theme(s) of this project are:

1) Tradition & Modernity
2) Influence & Change
2) Monochromatic



artless + noiselessly
Adapter + The Samos
Merry + Leo Sato
Raku-gaki + Soothe
Tycoon Graphics + Merce Death


4femmes + Fugu.san
Djohan + Fezz
Phunk studio + Victor Low (The Observatory)

Steve Lawler + AntiGravityChocolate

Curation : artless + SILNT
Exhibition design : upsetters architects



Seeking translators/interpreters

W+K Tokyo is looking for both part-time and full-time translators/interpreters to join our multi-cultural agency team. The ideal person will …

– Have at least 2 years professional experience working as a translator/interpreter
– Have good consecutive interpretation skills for both English to Japanese, Japanese to English. Simultaneous interpreting is a plus.
– Possess good translation skills for both English to Japanese, Japanese to English.
– Be able to self manage and prioritize work
– Thrive working in a fast-paced environment

Past experience with an advertising agency is a huge plus.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to tokyojobs@wk.com and please write “ATTN: translator/interpreter position” in your subject line.)