Welcome to AkaTako - your USA based source (with a small outpost in Europe) for underground and hard to find Japanese art: signed art books, limited edition prints and posters, licensed enamel pins and t-shirts, artist produced postcards and mini books, original drawings and paintings, and lots more. We ship worldwide!
Not sure where to start? Check out the more popular artists and items just below. A bit further down the page is a news feed of everything going on with AkaTako.


Aug 31, 2011

Seven more original paintings by Hikari Shimoda have been added (for a total of nine!). Most of them are watercolors of her melancholic blond kids wearing bunny rabbit ears.

Hikari Shimoda Celebration 1 paintingHikari Shimoda Celebration 2 paintingHikari Shimoda Celebration 3 paintingHikari Shimoda Flower and Girl painting
Celebration 1Celebration 2Celebration 3Flower and Girl
Hikari Shimoda Midnight Birthday Party paintingHikari Shimoda Rabbit paintingHikari Shimoda Rabbit Girl 2011 painting 
Midnight Birthday PartyRabbitRabbit Girl 2011 

Original paintings can be purchased after you receive a shipping quote. Just click "inquire" on the one you're interested in to receive a shipping estimate tailored to your location and preferences.

Aug 25, 2011

After several people have said the Tama mini posters look better in person and that the online images don't do them justice, I've added two additional zoomed in detail images for EACH poster. You can really see the quality and the incredible colors in the close ups. Click any thumbnails below to go to that poster and see the new images full size.

Tama Amrita poster SIGNEDTama Chain Girl poster SIGNEDTama Frostbite poster SIGNEDTama Hopeless Mermaid poster SIGNED
Amrita posterChain Girl posterFrostbite posterHopeless Mermaid poster
Tama Illuminated Remains poster SIGNEDTama Lager poster SIGNEDTama Lidocaine Drop poster SIGNEDTama Live and Let Live poster SIGNED
Illuminated Remains posterLager posterLidocaine Drop posterLive and Let Live poster
Tama Lunch Is Ready poster SIGNEDTama Milky Way poster SIGNEDTama Missa Pro Defunctis poster SIGNEDTama Negaholic poster SIGNED
Lunch is Ready posterMilky Way posterMissa Pro Defunctis posterNegaholic poster
Tama Never Let Me Go poster SIGNEDTama Papillon poster SIGNEDTama Ritual poster SIGNEDTama Rosary poster SIGNED
Never Let Me Go posterPapillon posterRitual posterRosary poster
Tama Trade Off poster SIGNEDTama Under the Rose poster  
Trade Off posterUnder the Rose poster  

Aug 23, 2011

Get your fix of Japanese art with Talking Heads (TH) art magazines. Even if you can't read Japanese there is PLENTY to look at. These fat little magazines are full of art and web links. Each magazine has around 30 full color pages with images by their featured artists. After that are black and white images + text.

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TH No. 44TH No. 44TH No. 44
Talking Heads Art Magazine No. 45Talking Heads Art Magazine No. 45Talking Heads Art Magazine No. 45
TH No. 45TH No. 45TH No. 45
Talking Heads Art Magazine No. 47Talking Heads Art Magazine No. 47Talking Heads Art Magazine No. 47
TH No. 47TH No. 47TH No. 47

Each magazine has it's own theme:
No. 44 "Fables of Purity ~ Fairy tales of virginity and impurity"
No. 45 "Melancholic Body ~ The pitiful but beautiful body's favorite knowledge"
No. 47 "Pseudo-Human ~ Anatomy of the half-human"
And is PACKED with dozens and dozens of artists. Please check out each one for a partial listing.

Aug 22, 2011

Aaaaaw.... I just want to hug them and tell them it's going to be ok. Even if it's not true. Kenichi Koyama paints melancholic girls who are prone to self injury - especially with scissors. Not a single boy to be found in the book, only girls hanging out with other sad girls. In the hospital, at the piano, at school desks, in bed, everywhere.

Kenichi Koyama Melancholy Girls bookKenichi Koyama Melancholy Girls bookKenichi Koyama Melancholy Girls book

Very nicely written review of "Melancholy Girls" by Trevor Brown on his blog.

Aug 20, 2011

Two gorgeous ORIGINAL paintings by Hikari Shimoda are now available on AkaTako. They are "Funeral of Character" and "Rabbit Boy" and each captures Hikari's skill at making cute things slightly unnerving.

Hikari Shimoda Funeral of Character paintingHikari Shimoda Rabbit Boy painting
Funeral of CharacterRabbit Boy

The paintings' effect is even more powerful in person! I hope to continue bringing you more works by this up-and-coming Japanese artist.

Aug 15, 2011

New Makoto Aida book "La Trentaine" is over forty pages of his works when he was in his 30's. Lots of full-color pages of art PLUS bilingual text in Japanese and English - interviews, artist statements, show descriptions, etc.

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Also added Makoto Aida's CV with an extensive list of his past exhibitions.

Aug 9, 2011

Five Trevor Brown originals are now available on AkaTako.net!

Trevor Brown Garden PaintingTrevor Brown Fuck It paintingTrevor Brown Chu PaintingTrevor Brown Broken PaintingTrevor Brown Wet Painting
Trevor Brown GardenTrevor Brown Fuck It
Trevor Brown Chu
Trevor Brown BrokenTrevor Brown Wet

Because of their size and high value, you have to request a custom shipping quote before purchase. Quotes will be sent within about 24 hours of request.

Also newly available is an original giclee print - only 20 were made!

Trevor Brown Machine Gun Girl Print
Trevor Brown Machine Gun Girl Giclee

Invest in some original art that not only retains its value - it's also nice to look at!

Aug 5, 2011

A brand new artist to AkaTako.net, Hikari Shimoda's art features children in a delicate palette of colors. Through a special partnership directly with the artist, there are two signed and numbered posters in a limited edition of 100 each.

Hikari Shimoda Funeral poster SIGNEDHikari Shimoda Power Line & Rabbit (Secret) poster SIGNED
Hikari Shimoda Funeral posterHikari Shimoda Power Line & Rabbit (Secret) poster

Available for pre-order right now, posters are expected to arrive mid to late August.
Can be purchased individually or as a pair.